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|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 12/15/2014

Unifor applauds possible Uber legislation at Queen’s Park

TORONTO — Ride-sharing companies such as Uber could be facing stiff fines and penalties if a private member’s bill is passed at Queen’s Park — a move lauded by unions. Introduced on Dec. 3 by John Fraser, member of provincial parliament for Ottawa South, the Protecting Passenger Safety Act would amend parts of the Highway Traffic Act by beefing up the penalties for drivers picking up passengers without a licence, permit or authorization.

Should it pass, the bill would increase fines, ranging from $500 to $30,000 per offence, and drivers could have three demerit points knocked off their licence. For subsequent offences, drivers could face a 30-day vehicle impoundment and 30-day licence suspension.