Judge rejects request for injunction against Uber in Ontario

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By Larry Banks

A court in Ontario on Friday rejected a request from the city of Toronto for an injunction to force Uber to stop operations in Canada’s biggest city. Judge Sean Dunphy dismissed the city’s application and said the company does not appear to operate as a taxi broker.

Uber ride sharing continues in Ontario

“We are pleased with today’s ruling, which confirms that ridesharing is a new business model, distinct from traditional taxi services”, said Ian Black, general manager for Uber Canada.

“Our hope is that this decision helps further pave the way for ridesharing regulations and we look forward to continuing our work with Mayor Tory and Toronto City Council”.

However, not everyone is happy, as the iTaxi Association which represents taxi drivers said on its Twitter feed that it was disappointed with the decision.

Taxi drivers attended a Toronto courtroom in June as the government stated its case for the Uber service to be regulated just like traditional cab companies it competes with.

Toronto was aiming for an injunction to halt Uber unless the company and all its drivers were licensed.

Uber is currently fighting its legal status all over the world, as authorities try and ascertain the legality of its phone-based app.

SOURCE: Reuters.

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