Court puts temporary brakes on Uber in Calgary


Uber plans to pull all of its drivers off Calgary roads early Saturday morning to comply with a temporary injunction that was approved in court Friday.

“Alberta court ruled against ridesharing driver-partners in Calgary. While today’s decision is unfortunate, we acknowledge the ruling and will suspend operations effective 6:00AM tomorrow, Saturday November 21st. We will work with the City on establishing a regulatory framework that will allow Uber to resume operations as soon as possible. We are incredibly grateful for the support riders and drivers have shown us in recent weeks. In the meantime, we will continue to keep you informed and let you know of new ways for you to show your support. You can make your voice heard by reaching out to Councillors and sharing your story on social media using the hashtag #YYC4UBER.” A statement released by Uber in an email to all of its drivers in Calgary

Justice G. H. Poelman of Court of Queen’s Bench issued the temporary injunction and it will be in place until a hearing on Dec. 17.

An affidavit stands naming 57 people who allegedly were caught operating without proper insurance or an operating licensing. The judged ruled that hundreds of Uber drivers were breaking the law after a covert sting operation was launched to catch anyone offering fares through the service.

City lawyers are seeking a permanent injunction at a full hearing Dec.17 until regulatory safety and insurance requirements are met.