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Karygiannis expects to introduce Council Motion to remove Uber application from City-owned smartphones

TORONTO – Jim Karygiannis, Councillor for Ward 39, Scarborough-Agincourt, expects to introduce a Motion at the May City Council Meeting, with respect to removing the Uber application from City-owned smartphone devices.

“The Motion is simple, it will serve to protect our employees from physical harm and protect the taxpayers from financial harm.” said Mr. Karygiannis. “I am concerned that employees, who use Uber while on the job and are injured in an accident, will hold the City of Toronto taxpayers liable because they are on company time, using company smartphones and are on City business when they are injured.”

The removal of the Uber application could apply to approximately 12,000 smartphones issued by the City to its employees.

“As we have learned, UberX drivers do not carry commercial vehicle insurance. If a City employee is injured, taxpayers will pay.  We cannot let this happen. Passing the Motion is the responsible thing for Council to do.” Mr. Karygiannis stated.