Uber ramped up its offerings for the Pan Am Games on Tuesday, launching a pilot of its carpooling service UberPool. This is billed as a way to link up people going in the same direction, lowering their cost and allowing use of the temporary HOV lanes.
"We thought the Pan Am Games would be a perfect time to introduce this product," said Uber general manager Ian Black.
Meantime, city councillor Jim Karygiannis threatened Uber users with a fine of up to $20,000, telling reporters at a media conference: "Under Ontario's Highway Traffic Act, a person who arranges a ride in an unlicensed taxi is guilty of an offence [and liable to be fined] not less than $300 and not greater than $20,000."
He reinforced the message with a Tweet: "PAN AM GAMES VISITORS BEWARE".
The City of Toronto took Uber to court recently, claiming the service to be illegal. An Ontario judge rejected the city's application for a permanent injunction.
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