Mar 03, 2016
By Jane Brown
Uber is in a showdown with Mississauga’s local government.
Mississauga councillors have voted unanimously to ask the ride sharing company to stop operations in their city until a new bylaw governing transportation network companies is in place.
Taxi drivers told Mississauga council that Uber is killing their business by offering fares 25 to 30 percent lower than theirs.
Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie says she hopes the province will step in to deal with the increasingly complex issue.
“I think we need to continue the discussions with Mississauga to make sure we’re serving the community in the best way possible,” Uber Canada’s Ian Black told reporters, “It’s a huge driver of economic growth in the City of Mississauga. We have over 5000 driver partners who work there, so we’re excited to continue working with them.”
Mississauga currently has 3500 traditional taxi drivers, while Uber’s 5000 drivers handle about 100,000 monthly rides, according to information given to councillors.
The request by Mississauga council is not legally binding.