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Now Toronto reported today that ride-sharing giant Uber, the City of Toronto and 4 other defendants (Uber subsidiary Rasier Operations B.V.; Abdihared Bishar-Mussa, the Uber driver involved in the crash; Stars Auto Sales, the company that he leased his vehicle from; and Joseph Estacion, a defendant driver who allegedly rear-ended the vehicle that the deceasd was riding in) are now facing a multi-million dollar lawsuit over a young man’s death in 2018. The claim, issued by the deceased’s mother (Cheryl Hawkes) and girlfriend, accuses the city of negligence, breach of statutory duty and abuse of public office. The city is a named defendant because council passed a vehicle-for-hire bylaw in 2016 that scrapped a 17-day taxi driver training program in order to expand vehicle-for-hire services and foster competition. Hawkes argues the rollback of driver safety rules led to her son’s death. In particular, the suit alleges that there has been “significant lobbying” from Uber resulted in the removal of “training requirements for all regulated vehicle-for-hire drivers.” The lawsuit claims that Uber assisted in drafting the bylaw, which amounted to “a wanton and outrageous disregard for the safety of the residents of the city of Toronto.”The suit goes on to state that the city benefited financially from the relaxed rules by collecting a $0.30 fee for every Uber ride in Toronto and colluded with Uber to share the proceeds.
You can read more about the lawsuit here
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