Edmonton

Uber beats city's injunction effort

It may still be considered illegal, but a judge has ruled you can still catch a ride from Uber, the controversial ride-sharing company that rolled into Edmonton in December.

Uber offers to work with city on bylaw amendments making ride sharing legal

Uber drivers can be summoned with a few taps of your smartphone. (CBC)

It may still be considered illegal, but a judge has ruled you can still catch a ride from Uber, the controversial ride-sharing company that rolled into Edmonton in December.

The city's application for a temporary injunction against the app-based company was struck down by judge Thursday.

The city has refused to comment on the decision, except to say, "The city is reviewing the decision and our next steps."

City spokesperson David Holehouse said the matter was still before the courts, but would not give details.

Meanwhile, the city is working to amend their bylaws to allow ride-share companies like Uber to operate in Edmonton.

The amendments, which are due in the fall, would make Edmonton the first city in Canada to operate legally.

"With this court decision, it's clear the best path forward is one of collaboration, leading to modern regulations on ride sharing," Uber spokesperson Xavier Van Chau wrote in a statement.

City councillors asked for the injunction because of concerns with the lack of insurance for Uber drivers, who are unlicensed by the city.

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