Judge Issues Temporary Injunction Against Drivers Offering Rides Using Uber

A court has issued a temporary injunction stopping drivers from offering rides for a fee using the Uber app in Calgary.

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

uberThe city of Calgary will argue at that time to have the injunction permanently in place to stop drivers from offering or providing rides for a fee using a vehicle hired through the Uber smartphone-based app until safety, insurance and regulatory requirements are met.

Poelman said evidence showed drivers using the Uber app were breaching the city’s bylaw.

The justice said the injunction would extend to the 57 drivers named in Calgary’s application as offering rides using Uber as well as to all other people operating as an Uber driver in Calgary.

City lawyer Colleen Sinclair is pleased with the ruling.

“This is recognition that private for-hire vehicles operating under the Uber umbrella are breaching the city’s bylaw and they have been ordered to stop,” said Sinclair. “This pulls a number of vehicles that are not appropriately insured, licensed or inspected off the road and prevents them from offering a potentially unsafe service.”

The court also granted an application for legal counsel representing 45 of the 50 drivers named in the injunction application to protect the personal information of those drivers.

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Ford stops using Takata air bag inflators in future vehicles due to shrapnel risk

Ford Motor Co. will not be using air bag inflators made by Takata Corp. in future vehicles, another blow to the troubled Japanese parts supplier as the auto industry continues to shun its product.

Ford joins Honda, Toyota and Nissan is deciding against putting the inflators in cars, trucks and SUVs now under development.

Takata inflators can explode with too much force, sending shrapnel into drivers and passengers. At least eight people have been killed worldwide and hundreds injured. The inflators have led to the recall of 19.2 million vehicles in the U.S., and government regulators are investigating the possibility of millions more.

Ford has recalled more than 1.5 million older Mustangs, Ford GTs and North American-built Ranger pickups to replace the inflators. Spokeswoman Kelli Felker would not say if other models have Takata inflators, but said the company has recalled all vehicles with inflators that Takata has determined are defective.

Takata uses ammonium nitrate to create a small explosion that inflates the air bags in a crash. But the chemical can deteriorate under prolonged exposure to airborne moisture, causing it to burn too fast and blow apart a metal canister designed to contain the explosion. Ford has decided to stop using inflators powered by ammonium nitrate, Felker said.

Takata has agreed to phase out ammonium nitrate. As part of a deal with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Takata agreed to pay up to $200 million in penalties and speed up replacement of many of the devices already in use.

Takata Corp. reported a half-year loss of 5.6 billion yen ($45.8 million) this month due to recall costs. The company cut its profit forecast for the full year by 75 per cent, reflecting the expense of recalls that affect millions of vehicles globally.

In the U.S., about 23.4 million Takata driver and passenger air bag inflators have been recalled on 19.2 million vehicles sold by 12 auto and truck makers. As of Oct. 9, only 22.5 per cent of the recalled inflators had been replaced nationwide, but the pace is a bit faster in high-humidity states like Florida, which have been given priority.

Repairs have been slowed by the magnitude and complexity of the recalls and by limits to the number of replacement parts that are available.

Three other parts suppliers, Autoliv Inc., Daicel Corp. and ZF TRW Automotive Holdings Corp., are making inflators for Takata-assembled repair modules, and are gaining market share as Takata struggles to cope with the scandal.

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Just “OneTap” curbs distracted driving

Just “OneTap” curbs distracted driving

Research shows that distracted driving is a serious concern. According to the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators, 80% of collisions happen when the driver takes their eyes off the road three seconds before a crash.

Distracted driving is when a driver is focused on something other than driving, adjusting radio or controls, eating, drinking, checking their appearance and being preoccupied with thoughts. However, mobile phones are the main culprits.

New smartphone app helps reduce distracted driving

Using OneTap, a free smartphone app, helps reduce phone-related distractions when you’re behind the wheel, keeping you, your family and other drivers safe.

With just a single tap, OneTap automatically detects when you’re driving, silencing incoming texts, calls* and other alerts. It lets anyone contacting you know that you’re behind the wheel, leaving you free to respond when it’s safe to chat. If something important comes up, you’ll be notified to pull over for an urgent message.

OneTap is available for iPhone and Android devices at http://GetOneTap.com.

*Android only

Talk to your teens

Teenagers are more susceptible to distracted driving behaviours because of their inexperience and increased use of mobile devices.

  • Make sure young drivers understand the dangers of distracted driving.
  • Learn how to start the conversation with information from the I Promise Program

For more information visit www.cooperators.ca.

SOURCE The Co-operators

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