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Brampton to review Mobile Licensing By-law: Asks Uber to cease operations in city


​BRAMPTON, ON: Brampton City Council today adopted a resolution to review its Mobile Licensing By-law to explore options for regulating all forms of for-hire transportation companies. The review will include taxicabs, limousines and other Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) such as Uber, with public safety and consumer protection as key priorities.

Uber’s current operations in Brampton are in breach of the City’s Mobile Licensing By-law. Until the by-law review is complete and the necessary regulations adopted, the City is asking Uber to suspend its Uber X APP in Brampton. 

The City will also request the federal and provincial government for legislative changes to equip municipalities with tools to effectively enforce local by-laws, prohibiting the operation of Uber and other ride share companies in their municipalities.

Quick highlights
• The purpose of the by-law review is to assess TNCs and make recommendations to Council for creating a level-playing field for operators, with public safety and consumer protection as key priorities.
• The City is committed to engaging all stakeholders during the review process. Details of the review and other updates will be posted on the City’s website www.brampton.ca as they become available.
• Council asked staff to report back on the possibility of establishing a minimum fine threshold of $5,000 per offence for TNCs such as Uber, and their drivers. 
• Drivers and passengers of Uber in Brampton are advised that Uber is not licensed by the City of Brampton. Anyone using this service should do their own research and be aware of matters relating to safety, insurance and customer rights in the event of an accident or other customer service issue.

Links
• Council Resolution February 24, 2016 (refer to page 9)
• Mobile Licensing By-law 67-2014

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