INCOMING MAYOR TORY BACKS UBER CAR SERVICE, SAYS REGS NEED TO CHANGE

Nov 19, 2014

By Jane Brown

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Toronto’s incoming mayor says he supports alternative taxi services such as Uber even though there’s a move at the city seeking an injunction to put an end to it.

John Tory says he’s standing by the ride-sharing service and he’ll work to change the rules to accommodate it and others like it.

“I think the solution lies in fair regulation,” Tory explained, “it lies in 21st century regulation that takes into account technology like Uber and Halo.  The solution does not rest in turning back the hands of time or in going to court.  Court is a blunt instrument and I think we’ve got to work these things out and modernize the regulatory system so we have fair (and) safe transportation for people.”

The city’s court application says U.S. based Uber is an unlicensed company that is jeopardizing public safety.  A company spokesman says Uber is already adhering to the strictest safety guidelines and an injunction would only restrict user choice.

Kristine Hubbard is the Operations Manager at Beck Taxi.  She and other traditional taxi services are against Uber.  Hubbard will be a guest on the New AM 740’s Goldhawk Fights Back this morning after the 11am news.

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