Toronto UberX Drivers Face 72 Licensing Charges as City Works on Regulation


The enforcement of UberX in Toronto became a hot topic last week. Today, the city has laid 72 charges against 36 UberX drivers in the ongoing battle over regulating the ride-sharing company.

The news comes in the same week that Uber launched its new carpooling service in Toronto. The charges facing UberX drivers are related to operating an unlicensed limousine and failure to submit a vehicle to the city’s licensing division for approval. Tracey Cook, the city’s executive director of municipal licensing and standards, said:

“These investigations are focused on all unlicensed drivers who are providing private ground transportation services, focused on all unlicensed drivers who are providing private ground transportation services.”

Susie Heath, a spokeswoman for Uber Canada, said that the company will pick up the bill for these charges.

“Isolated cases of ticketing date back to our initial launch of uberX in Toronto and should be sized up against the over 20 million rides that are now completed on an annualized basis in the city.”

The city’s argument that Uber is operating an illegal taxi company was dismissed earlier this month by a judge in the Ontario Superior Court. The court ruled that Toronto’s bylaws do not adequately cover new technological ideas such as ride-sharing.

Uber was launched in Toronto in 2012 and currently operates in 57 countries. UberX allows ordinary drivers to pick up passengers for a fare.

[via The Globe and Mail]

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  • FragilityG4

    I’m surprised you didn’t mention the city fines for using uberx … $300-$20,000!

  • johnnygoodface

    I’m with you Uber!

  • andrewe

    “The charges carry fines between $300 and $500. Uber Canada […] will pick up the bill.”

  • FragilityG4

    “The provincial regulation also states that anyone who breaks the traffic act is liable for a fine of between $300 and $20,000.”

  • runner

    Screw more regulations. We have enough of those. The city has been in bed with the taxi companies for years, why aren’t more people concerned about that! I am 100% behind uber! Taxi drivers have a choice: adapt or whither into irrelevancy

  • andrewe

    These are specific limo-related municipal charges.

  • FragilityG4

    Read the article:

    “A Toronto city councillor is warning those visiting the city for the Pan Am Games that they could be fined up to $20,000 for using UberX in Ontario.”

  • andrewe

    I did read it; Coun. Jim Karygiannis’ scare tactics don’t carry much weight.

  • FragilityG4

    Whether it would be enforced was not my point.