Uber Issued Taxi Brokerage License in Toronto

Last May, Uber announced it would apply for a taxi brokerage license in Toronto, and this morning the company was granted one (at the cost of $402.78), reports The Star.

This means Uber’s taxi operations in the city are now along the lines of cab companies like Beck–which opposes them. The license, however, does not cover UberX, the most controversial ‘ride-sharing’ service, which allows drivers to shuttle passengers in their own private vehicles, at much cheaper rates than traditional taxis.

“This is another step towards our participation in a comprehensive regulatory solution that includes ride-sharing,” Heath said in a statement. “We will continue to work with the City of Toronto towards new regulations for ride-sharing, which are expected in the coming months.”

After the city took Uber to court last year to shut it down, a judge ruled in favour of the company, noting it had not broken any rules. City council ended up revising bylaws to regulate Uber and other ridesharing companies, but for UberX, regulations are still ongoing.

Last year, taxi drivers in the city launched a lawsuit against Uber, seeking $400 million in damages, alleging UberX has “created an enormous marketplace for illegal transportation in Toronto.”

The acquisition of a Toronto taxi brokerage license by Uber can be seen as a PR victory for the company, as now it can claim some of its operations are just like regular taxi companies in the city.

Uber continues its guerrilla tactics to enter more markets across Canada. Yesterday in B.C., the province’s Transportation Minister rejected the company’s request to revise licensing regulations. Todd Stone said “The regulatory framework is there,” adding “Uber and companies like it need to continue to sit down and talk through their wishes and desires.”

In Edmonton, the city is expected to setup a fee structure for ride-sharing companies like Uber. The company said “We are cautiously optimistic that Edmonton could become the first Canadian city to approve a workable regulatory framework for ride-sharing.”

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  • Anthony ?

    Not sure why this continues to be such an issue in Canada. I’ve used Uber in a few US cities and for the most part it seems that all the various regulatory and insurance issues are resolved there. Regardless of what the various city politicans think, the public (you know, the people who vote for them and pay their salaries) most likely prefer to use services like Uber, and see them succeed, because they are far superior to a taxi industry that’s stuck in the 1970’s.

    I always use Uber over taxis whenever it’s an option, not only because UberX is typically cheaper but also because the overall experience is far superior. No having to sit in some smelly dirty taxi, no having to deal with some surly driver who may or may not speak english today, no dicking around about whether they do or don’t accept credit cards, no having to wonder if they’re taking the scenic route to bump up the fare, etc. I just bring up the app, order an Uber, go where I need to go, and get automatically billed at the end of the trip. No muss, no fuss.

    All these city politicians need to extract head from ass and understand that their endless whining about Uber is not serving their constituents so much as it’s serving their own self-interest and the interests of the industries who benefit from Government interference. Taxis were fine where these was no alternative. Now that an alternative exists, the taxi companies would do well to improve their service instead of whining about how things used to be. Politicians who prefer to enforce an outdated model need to be fired the next time an election rolls around, especially in Toronto where some of the lifers on council are dead-weight oxygen thieves.

  • #slowgolfclap

  • 1His_Nibs1

    Can’t wait to see all the South Asian & Middle Eastern cab drivers in Vancouver lose their minds when this finally gets here. Karma is a BITCH! Taxi industry has no one to blame but themselves for their antiquated business model.

  • We’ll see double the amount of paladin security guards and such sitting around when that happens.

  • Vikram662

    What about the white taxi drivers?

  • Vikram662

    At least they’ll still be working and contributing to society. The white ones will probably end up in DTES.

  • 1His_Nibs1

    When I see one I’ll let you know.

  • Vikram662

    They’re probably still at the unemployment office or at some intersection with a sign.

  • 1His_Nibs1

    If you call protesting & hanging off the side of Uber vehicles’ mirrors “contributing to society” then thank you for giving us a glimpse into your small mind. Ever heard of reverse racism my friend? Your comment is a shining example of it. But how can that be you ask, because we all know only Caucasian people have exclusive rights to being racists &/or bigots. Yeah…..right.

  • Vikram662

    The days of turning the other cheek are over, bud. The only way racists like you will learn is by being called out and having it fed back to you.

  • 1His_Nibs1

    News coverage I saw was exclusively South Asian. Sorry bud, but you’re just reinforcing my argument about your true colours. You don’t know me or anything about me so I’d be very careful what you try to label me as. Ever heard of slander?

  • 1His_Nibs1

    Ah there we go you played it.OMG!!! I can’t believe it you actually played the card. No I’m not really surprised. In reality that’s all you got & your just displaying your thought process, so thanks for proving me right. As I said only Caucasian people have exclusive rights to bigotry ain’t that right Vikram662? By the way I applaud your ability to be able to determine my ethnicity through a keyboard.

  • Vikram662

    Call the police.

  • 1His_Nibs1

    Oh I wouldn’t bother with the police, but a lawyer………..

  • Vikram662

    Call the lawyer.

  • Can we hug it out guys?