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Court orders Surrey, B.C., to stop fining ride-hailing giant Uber

Michael van Hemmen, head of Western Canada for Uber, addresses the media during a news conference in Vancouver B.C, Wednesday, January, 29, 2020. The mayor of the Metro Vancouver city of Surrey has stood down in his fight against ride-hailing, saying it's "time to move on" after a judge ordered the municipality to stop ticketing Uber drivers.
Image Credit: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
February 07, 2020 - 2:00 PM

VANCOUVER - A judge has ordered the Metro Vancouver city of Surrey to immediately stop ticketing and fining Uber drivers.

The city had been issuing $500 tickets to drivers, arguing that they were operating without a business licence.

However, Uber claimed in court that drivers held the appropriate provincial permits and Surrey had not created a municipal licence that its drivers could apply for.

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Uber filed for an injunction against Surrey and a British Columbia Supreme Court judge ruled in favour of the ride-hailing company.

Justice Veronica Jackson also ordered that the city pay Uber's court costs.

Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum said in a statement after the ruling that the city will work with the TransLink Mayors' Council on a regional business licence to ensure there is a level playing field between ride-hailing companies and taxis.

This report by the Canadian Press was first published Feb. 7, 2020.

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