Taxi drivers in Ottawa are continuing their fight against Uber’s expansion in Canada’s capital city. The union representing the industry in the city says Ottawa lawmakers acted in bad faith and mislead taxi drivers when it introduced legislation to accommodate Uber and other ride-sharing companies.
The legislation was supposed to be fair for all parties, including the traditional taxi industry. However, representatives say that was not the case. A new lawsuit has now been filed in the Ontario Superior Court.
Ottawa passed its vehicle-for-hire regulations last year, becoming the first region in the province to open the door officially to Uber. Under the legislation, Uber and similar companies must obtain a license to operate legally in the city. However, individual drivers do not need to buy a license, something taxi drivers must do.
Cabbies are fighting back with a union led legal case. The lawsuit alleges the regulations have instantly put taxi drivers at a disadvantage.
“The city has also slanted the playing field in favour of PTC drivers, without considering the effect on the economic interests and livelihoods of taxi drivers,” reads the court document.
“Taxicab drivers were promised that regardless of what actions the city took, results would be a ‘level playing field’ for all parties concerned…. However, the exact opposite resulted from the city’s taxi review.”
The applicants of the case want the court to ultimately overturn the bylaw. Such a decision would once again make Uber and ride-sharing companies illegal in Ottawa.