Friday, November 20, 2015

City granted a temporary injunction

We take our responsibility to keep Calgarians safe very seriously. That’s why we applied for an injunction last week against private for-hire vehicles using the Uber app.

Today, we were granted a temporary injunction which prevents all Uber drivers from operating in Calgary temporarily. The injunction is in place until Dec. 17, 2015. At that time, we will seek to have the injunction made permanent until private for-hire vehicles operating with the Uber app meet safety, insurance and regulatory requirements.

The temporary injunction includes all people who operate in Calgary as an Uber driver. The injunction supports our position that Uber drivers are contravening the Livery Transport Bylaw.

We are working hard to define new rules to allow private for-hire vehicle services to operate in our city. Council agreed to review bylaw amendments that allow a hybrid Open/Controlled entry system, meaning Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) could operate if they meet a number of conditions, including having proper vehicle insurance and the driver having a driver's licence acceptable to the Province (for example, a class 4 licence) and passing a criminal background check. Bylaw amendments will come back to Council for review no later than Feb. 22, 2016.

We want consumers to have options and continue to work on ways to provide these options. In the meantime, we encourage Calgarians to be informed to make smart transportation choices.

The City of Calgary enforces the Livery Transport Bylaw to ensure public safety, service quality and consumer protection. To learn more about private for-hire vehicles. To learn more about Livery Transport Services.


  1. people....don't listen to a word of this... bunch of trash... to jody macpherson or whoever wrote this: big grown up words do indeed scare people but i think you may need to clarify exactly what the injunction thing you speak of is..because i can't find a single person who reads any of that as a non-made-up message to try to manipulate the public in hopes that they won't use uber. LOL.

    a) who is the "injunction" filed with? federally? provincially? or... just with calgary's injunction department?

    b) can I file an injunction against cab drivers to keep them off the road for a period of time too? because I don't like them or the way they drive?

    c) THE UBER APP STILL WORKS. So... Are you going to have sting operation style raids on unsuspecting uber drivers? I don't get how you think your going to enforce this. Write tickets? to the driver? or potential passenger?

    The City of Calgary will be rediculed for trying to banish the operation of uber.... it's a foolish idea to entertain to be the only city in the country that doesn't have uber yet again... and on purpose? to "help calgarians be informed and make smart transportation choices"? And continue to help cab drivers rip everyone off?

    UBER is a business different from whatever a taxi cab business is. And in fact the city should probably keep their nose out of UBERs business or there will probably be law suit(s). The rest of the country doesn't seem to share the same view or feel the need to stick their noses into UBERS business like the CofC geniouses here do!

    I ain't a UBER driver, and I don't work for UBER...and yes, I do see the taxi cab industry as a govenment moneygrab as well as being comprised of a bunch of scumbags who cause hazards so they can make money (try 17ave sw on a fri/sat night........).. but deal with it... 'cuz that what it is.

    1. Hi Anonymous,

      Thank you for your additional questions regarding the temporary injunction. We hope that our reply addresses them thoroughly.

      1. Who is the injunction filed with?
      On Nov. 16, 2015 The City of Calgary filed an application for temporary injunction with the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta to halt private for-hire vehicle services until safety, insurance and regulatory requirement are met. On Nov. 20, 2015, Justice G. H. Poelman issued a temporary injunction against drivers offering rides for a fee using the Uber app.

      2. Can I file an injunction against cab drivers?
      The most common form of injunction remains the prohibitive injunction, which restrains the defendant from engaging in actions which would interfere with the rights of others.

      3. The Uber app still works.
      The City will continue to enforce the current Livery Transport Bylaw until recommendations to regulate Transportation Network Companies offering private for-hire vehicle services is approved by Council. Proposed bylaw amendments will be presented to Council for review no later than Feb. 22, 2016.

  2. The city takes its commitment to protect the taxi industry seriously. The fight against Uber isn't about protecting the public, it's about keeping influential campaign donors satisfied.