Uber tickets continue to crawl through the courts and you would think the cases are cut and dry, but not all of them are.
Brian McGregor is one Uber driver charged under the bylaw with not having taxi permits. He was ticketed last October but his lawyer still hasn’t received the discovery — that is, the city’s evidence against him.
According to McGregor, a bylaw officer entered his car and started writing the ticket. The fare hadn’t been charged at that point, he said. The way Uber works, the fare is charged to credit cards after the passenger arrives at his/her destination.
I’m no lawyer, but perhaps that’s a defence. It’s not based on the philosophical argument of whether or not Uber should be allowed to operate outside of the taxi bylaw. The city has said that some tickets take longer to issue because bylaw is waiting for credit cards to be charged by Uber. McGregor’s ticket came early in the city’s enforcement campaign, so maybe bylaw was getting used to applying the rules to Uber.
Other Uber drivers have pleaded guilty and paid their fines. Some have had their tickets ripped up because (oddly) there were no officer signatures.
There’s a story with every ticket.