Here is a quick summary of the dispute going on between Toronto taxi drivers and Uber's "UberX" service:
Initially, the city agreed with the cab industry's assessment that Uber is operating an illegal taxi service, and launched legal action against the company. On Friday, an Ontario Superior Court judge dismissed the case, saying the city's own bylaws have not been updated or crafted in a way to account for Uber.
Since 2012, the Silicon Valley-based company's UberX service has raised the ire of Toronto's taxi industry by operating outside the city's licensing rules. This, coupled with the city's convoluted and highly regulated taxi licensing system, frustrates cab drivers. In recent months, the tension exploded into public view with two massive cab strikes in downtown Toronto, and a threat by cab officials last week to stage a citywide strike during the Pan Am Games.
In my opinion, the taxi drivers should focus on new ways to improve their company's services, rather than pick a fight against a company that is innovating.
Thoughts on the Toronto taxi drivers' continued fight against Uber? Are the cabbies right?