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Toronto council votes to crack down on Uber

The ride-sharing app Uber is shown on a smartphone in Montreal, Thursday, May 14, 2015.
The ride-sharing app Uber is shown on a smartphone in Montreal, Thursday, May 14, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

TORONTO – City council has voted unanimously Wednesday to review taxi regulations and begin cracking down on UberX drivers.

Council will now move forward in asking both police and by-law officers to start enforcing current rules prohibiting unlicensed taxi and limo drivers.

“These are by-laws that are in place to protect the public,” said Beck Taxi operations manager Christine Hubbard. “We’re very happy to see some support for that.”

The vote comes after an Ontario judge dismissed an application by the city to shut down Uber operations.

The ride sharing service is currently allowed to operate in the city as an app, not a cab company.

“You wouldn’t see restaurants opening and refusing to take health inspections, refusing to have a liquor license,” argued Hubbard. “We’re doing the same work. We all have to follow the rules.”

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Mayor John Tory announced earlier this week that a proposal for a new bylaw is in the works — that will level the playing field for both Uber and cab drivers.

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