Friday, January 22, 2016

Uber now a licensed Toronto taxi brokerage

TORONTO - Uber Canada announced Friday it has been granted a brokerage license.

The ride-sharing company said in a brief statement Friday that it has been working with licensing and standards at the city of Toronto regarding “recent bylaw changes” and how to work in a regulated environments.

“To that end, after taking steps to finalize our existing application, we have now received our brokerage license,” said Uber spokesman Susie Heath in an email.

She called it “another step” in Uber's participating in a regulatory solution that can include ride-sharing services.

“We will continue to work with the City of Toronto towards new regulations for ridesharing, which are expected in the coming months,” she said.

A spokesman for municipal licensing confirmed Uber now is a licensed Toronto taxi brokerage. 

"This allows them to dispatch only licensed taxicabs through their UberTaxi app. UberX continues to be outside of the bylaw and the City of Toronto will continue to enforce the bylaws in respect to the operations of the UberX service," the spokesman stated.
"City staff are currently researching and writing ground transportation review report, which will contain recommendations and will be presented to Licensing & Standards Committee in early 2016."

Beck Taxi's Kristine Hubbard was quick to jump on the news that Uber had been granted a taxi brokerage license.

"Finally admitting we offer the same dispatching services. They are a brokerage. Same job, same rules," Hubbard tweeted Friday.

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