Tuesday 21 November 2017

Canadian Taxi drivers file €287m law suit against Uber

Uber are facing a €278.7m law suit in Canada
Uber are facing a €278.7m law suit in Canada

Sarah-Jane Murphy

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.

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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.

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