MONTREAL — Ride-sharing service UberX said it will go to court to fight the seizures of 40 vehicles from Montreal drivers over the past few weeks.
Montreal’s taxi bureau has been cracking down on UberX since March, with both the city and province viewing the service as illegal because drivers don’t have permits.
UberX is a car-sharing smartphone app that links clients to drivers in privately owned vehicles who provide rides at prices lower than typical cab fares.
Fines and impound costs bring the total penalties to about $1,000.
Jean-Nicolas Guillemette of Uber’s Quebec branch said drivers are within their rights to offer rides to Montrealers, and will contest the tickets and seizures in court.
Uber has argued that developing a mobile app that links customers to nearby rides qualifies it as a technology company and not a transport operation.