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Toronto UberX drivers face 72 by-law charges

The City of Toronto has issued 72 tickets against UberX drivers.

Toronto Sun June 14, 2015 Don Peat and Nick Westoll

Licensing officials confirmed Tuesday that around half of those charges were laid after last week’s council decision that urged bylaw enforcement officers to crack down on UberX.

Uber’s UberX connects private drivers – rather than taxi or limo drivers – with paying passengers through the ride-sharing app.

Karygiannis tells Pan Am visitors to ‘beware’ of uberX

CP24.com July 14, 2015 Codi Wilson

One Toronto city councillor says Pan Am Games visitors should steer clear of using services like uberX during their stay in Toronto unless they want to risk a massive fine.

Coun. Jim Karygiannis claims that uberX passengers could face a penalty between $300 to $20,000 for using the ride-hailing service.

July 14, 2015 – Statement By Jim Karygiannis – Pan Am Visitors – UberX passengers of unlicensed taxis can now be possibly fined up to $20,000

“I want to take this time to welcome visitors to Toronto who are here to enjoy the Pan Am Games as well as all of the other cultural festivals & events occurring in our city.

I am a strong believer in improved passenger safety and consumer protection. My statement today serves to achieve both.

July 14, 2015 – PAN AM GAMES VISITORS BEWARE Toronto City Councillor warns passengers of unlicensed taxis can now be fined up to $20,000

Toronto City Councillor  Jim Karygiannis is warning Pan Am Games visitors to be wary of using anything but licensed taxi services while visiting Toronto.

“I want to warn pan am games visitors that they risk being charged and fined up to $20,000 if they use any unlicensed bandit taxis like UBER in Ontario” said Karygiannis in a statement.

July 11, 2015 – Imamat Day

I would like to take this opportunity to extend best wishes to members of the Ismaili community in Canada on the occasion of Imamat Day.

Today, July 11, 2013, Ismaili Muslims in Canada and throughout the world are marking the 58th anniversary of the accession of His Highness the Aga Khan as Imam of the Shi’a Ismaili Muslims.

Toronto council calls for UberX crackdow

Toronto council voted to give UberX drivers a rough ride

Toronto Sun July 9, 2015 Don Peat

Councillor Frank Di Giorgio got council Wednesday to urge Toronto Police and city licensing staff to launch a crackdown on drivers, such as UberX drivers, who don’t have a city-issued taxi or limo licence, to create a level playing field, along with approving a review of Uber and the taxi industry.

July 9, 2015 – Toronto City Council supports Karygiannis’ Motion to recognize Toronto’s 1918 Anti-Greek Riot

TORONTO – Jim Karygiannis, Councillor for Ward 39, is pleased that Toronto City Councillors have voted to recognize Toronto’s 1918 Anti-Greek Riot.

“By passing this Motion, Council has recognized that the riot, which took place between August 2nd and 4th 1918, is an important part of Toronto’s history.” said Councillor Karygiannis. “Most Torontonians don’t know that the Anti-Greek Riot took place.”

Another crackdown is coming for UberX drivers

Another crackdown is coming for UberX drivers.

 City TV Jul 7, 2015 Erin Criger

Toronto’s director of licensing said Tuesday the city plans to enforce bylaws targeting UberX, a ride-sharing service that has drawn the ire of taxi drivers and taxi companies.


“We expect everyone to abide by the bylaws,” Tracey Cook said during a council meeting at city hall.

City bylaw inspectors would target average drivers that are using their personal vehicles as cabs, similar to a blitz by Toronto police in March called Project Snowball.

That action is separate from the city’s legal fight against Uber. The city had argued the company operated as a taxi broker and breached city bylaw. The decision was thrown out of court on Friday.

The news of the bylaw enforcement came as Councillor Jim Karygiannis prepared a motion asking city staff to report back on a new bylaw that would apply to Uber and the taxi industry.

The motion will be introduced later Tuesday. Mayor John Tory’s staff said he will second the motion. If the motion is approved, staff will report back to council in September.