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“If you plan on running a limousine service in the City of Toronto, or a taxi cab brokerage, then you require a licence,” says Mucha. “We met with Uber’s CEO Travis Kalanick in the spring of this year and we advised him in no uncertain terms that they were not operating in accordance with the City of Toronto’s licensing bylaw. So our position should come as no surprise to Uber.”
Uber did not respond to requests for comment.
The Justice of the Peace who will hear the case could also stop the company from operating by issuing a prohibition order. If that doesn’t happen, the city could go to Superior Court to ask for an injunction.
The company has encountered similar opposition in U.S. cities and is facing fines and lawsuits.
That, too, is a violation, Mucha says.
“If you’re charging anything other than the meter rate then that is contrary to the city’s licensing bylaw.”
The cab driver enters the metered fare into his phone and the application automatically adds the premium. The amount is charged to a passenger’s credit card, which they provide when they download the app.
An unlicensed driver using the app has already been charged and convicted, says Mucha. As of Wednesday, Uber was still operating in Toronto.
The taxi industry has experienced a bit of a shakeup with the onset of the applications.
Hailo, which has an office at Queen St. near Sherbourne St., offers a similar app, but the company has escaped regulatory censure in Toronto because it is a licensed taxi brokerage and works with licensed drivers.
And it charges the driver to use the service, not the passenger.
But Hailo has experienced resistance from established operators such as Beck. Some cab drivers for the company say they’ve been pressured not to use the app. The city is currently investigating complaints against the cab brokerage, although Mucha wouldn’t specify what they were.
Uber and the city will be in court Jan. 30 when a trial date will be set.