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Surrey Mayor says it’s ‘time to move on’ after court orders City to stop fining Uber drivers

Surrey Mayor says it’s ‘time to move on’ after court orders City to stop fining Uber drivers

SURREY Mayor Doug McCallum on Friday reacted to a B.C. Supreme Court order to the City to stop issuing bylaw fines to Uber drivers operating within its boundaries by stating: “Time to move on.”

He added: “We will work with TransLink on the Mayors’ Council’s motion on a Regional Business Licence to ensure a level playing field between ride-hailing and taxis.”

Robert Costanzo, GM, Corporate Services of the City Of Surrey, said in a press statement: “The City of Surrey will abide by today’s court ruling. No further enforcement action will be taken in respect to the matters addressed by the court for ride-hailing in Surrey.”

On Thursday, the BC Supreme Court turned down the Vancouver Taxi Association’s petition for an injunction to suspend Lyft and Uber’s apps until a judge had heard a judicial review of the Passenger Transportation Board (PTB) decision to approve ride-hailing licences.

The association had argued that the PTB decision would cause irreparable harm to taxi businesses, but Justice Veronica Jackson said their evidence of revenue decline blamed on ride-hailing competition was “scant at best.”

The cab companies have argued that a lack of limits on fleet size and large operating areas for ride-hailing companies creates unfair advantage for those companies.

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