Uber Wins in Edmonton as Judge Strikes Down City’s Injunction
Edmonton officials filed an injunction against Uber a while back to stop the ride-sharing service from operating, deemed illegal in the city. Uber argued in court the city had incorrectly named the proper corporate entity in its injunction, thusly it should be thrown out of court.
In a ruling made yesterday, Uber won in court as the Edmonton injunction was struck down in court. The city told CBC News “The city is reviewing the decision and our next steps,” and refused to comment further. The injunction was launched by city councillors as they were concerned about the lack of insurance for Uber drivers.
Uber can still operate in the city now, after launching last December and still technically being defined as illegal. The city says it will make amendments to bylaws to be the first city in Canada to allow ride-share companies legal, with changes set for this fall.
Uber spokesperson Xavier Van Chau said in a statement “With this court decision, it’s clear the best path forward is one of collaboration, leading to modern regulations on ride sharing.”
While Edmonton looks to change how it handles ride-share companies, one Toronto councillor wants to ban the app from city-issued smartphones, over safety concerns.