Regulations

Uber Breaks Toronto Bylaws

Posted on July 25, 2012

TORONTO — Toronto Life Magazine reports that Uber, the smartphone app that allows on-demand limousine reservations, is breaking city bylaws by not registering for a limousine service license. Andrew MacDonald, Uber's chief in Toronto, disputes the claim and said the company doesn't see itself as a limousine service because it partners with licensed companies and drivers and doesn't own any cars or employ drivers.

"We are a technology company that helps limousine companies connect with their customers through their app," MacDonald said.

However, Toronto's bylaw defines a limousine company as "any person or entity which accepts calls in any manner for booking, arranging or providing limousine transportation."

Bruce Robertson, Toronto's director of licensing, said the city is "leaning towards" ruling that Uber is operating illegally.

Click here to read the full report from Toronto Life Magazine.

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Source: Toronto Life Magazine

Related Topics: illegal operators, mobile applications, smartphone reservations, Uber, unlicensed operators

Comments ( 1 )
  • Steve Marcormick

     | about 11 months ago

    Looking at the entire picture, it is difficult to say really if Uber is a limousine or a technology company. In the end, it is a bit of both, and judging by how Toronto and other cities around the world are dealing with it, it can also be considered a taxi company. Many companies such as where I work, http://www.redvelvetbus.ca are trying to make the best out of the situation until Toronto city council figure out how best to deal with it.

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