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Calgary taxi company wants Uber ban and compensation for legal costs

Associated Cab owner is demanding the city reimburse cab drivers' legal fees and ban Uber from operating in Calgary because of their past transgressions

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Uber’s looming return has stirred up bad feelings from one of Calgary’s largest taxi companies.

Although he’s welcomed competition in he past, Roger Richard, the president of Associated Cab is asking the City of Calgary to make a point of denying Uber’s drivers entry into the city citing past bad behaviour.

“We feel council should have an obligation not to allow anyone to operate in our city if they have already demonstrated a lack of respect and total disregard for our laws and operated illegally,” read a release issued by Richard late on Tuesday. His statement goes on to demand drivers be reimbursed for business loss.

“We request council demand reimbursement for all legal costs and loss of income that taxi and limo drivers incurred while Uber intentionally disobeyed our bylaws and operated illegally in Calgary,” it read.

The City of Calgary has been in talks with the Transportation Network Company giant for months to come to common ground on regulatory sticking points Uber previously said made operation in the city “unworkable”.

And Coun. Evan Woolley says he can’t begin to comment on whether getting legal costs and losses is appropriate, or even possible.  

“I have no idea how that would even occur,” said Woolley. “Technological disruptions and new technology are always challenging. This is a transportation revolution that’s happening across the globe.”

Online, eager drivers have been rumouring the return for months – each small step taken by Uber setting off questions from those chomping at the bit. The latest instalment is an email that was sent out by Uber inviting potential operators to an information session in Calgary.

Uber is in talks with the city to leverage changes that would allow them to profitably operate. But it's unclear when those discussions will come to a head.

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