Canadian Taxi drivers file €287m law suit against Uber
Published 24/07/2015 | 18:04
Canadian taxi drivers have served Uber with a multimillion-dollar law suit, alleging that some of their services have created "an enormous marketplace for illegal transportation in Toronto".
The aggrieved drivers are seeking C$400m (€278.7m) in damages and an injunction to stop the taxi-booking app from operating in the province of Ontario.
The taxi drivers allege that the drivers employed by Uber to offer the Uber X and Uber XL services are not licenced taxi drivers.
The move comes after a Canadian court rejected a bid to stop Uber's services in Toronto earlier this month, citing there was no evidence it operated as a taxi broker.
Uber said the "protectionist" lawsuit is "without merit."
"As we saw from a recent court ruling in Ontario, Uber is operating legally and is a business model distinct from traditional taxi services," a spokeswoman told Reuters.
Uber's app allows passengers to book journeys with drivers in their area and its fares are generally lower than those of traditional taxis.
It also offers 'ride-sharing' options.
The San Francisco-based firm has been embroiled in several legal battles around the world over its operations.
However this has not deterred the company from surging ahead with global expansion plans.