MISSISSAUGA COUNCIL, a suburb of Toronto on the shores of Lake Ontario, has suspended all UberX ride-sharing services.
The California-based app company is barred from operating unless it adheres to the same rules and regulations followed by the city’s taxi operators and drivers.
The council voted 10-2 in favour of the suspension proposal but committee members did leave the door open to a possible ride-sharing project in the future.
Mayor Bonnie Crombie said: “I think it will make the industry very pleased. We think we have struck the right balance. We’ve listened very carefully.”
Peel Taxi Alliance spokesperson Marcel Wieder said: “I think it’s a very positive development. The council recognises that a made-in-Mississauga solution is required.”
But not all Mississauga cabbies are happy with the prospect of a pilot programme.
Taxi driver Harbhajan Pandori told mayor Crombie:
You are becoming like a dictator in the city.
The pilot programme is not yet a done-deal though. Uber and other ride-sharing companies must agree to stop trading immediately until the end of September, when the scheme will come into force.
Councillor George Carlson warned that Uber was unlikely to play by the rules:
I really caution everybody around the table from getting very cuddly with this baby vampire.
Uber’s Canadian spokesperson Susie Heath did not say whether or not the company would abide by the ban and added: “We are currently reviewing the council vote in Mississauga.”