BRAMPTON COUNCIL ASKS UBER TO SUSPEND SERVICE UNTIL NEW REGULATIONS COME INTO EFFECT

Feb 25, 2016

By Jane Brown

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Brampton city councillors have declared that Uber presents a “public safety concern” and are asking the ride-sharing service to stop operations pending a review of bylaws in the GTA city.

The 11-members of Brampton Council voted unanimously to request a suspension of Uber-X services as a good-faith gesture while city staff examine the bylaws governing taxi and limo services.

Taxi drivers who packed the council chamber for the three-hour debate cheered and applauded after the decision was made.

But with no plans to challenge Uber in court, Brampton’s politicians may now find themselves in the middle of a conflict that has gripped Toronto and other major cities across Canada.

Uber Canada is offering no assurances they plan to comply with council’s request. Uber Canada spokesperson Susie Heath said they “look forward to continuing our work with officials in Brampton to modernize regulations to encourage innovation, put people first and create safe, reliable and affordable transportation options.”

The successful motion also included a request to establish a minimum $5000 fine for Uber drivers who break the law.

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