The taxi turf war over access to downtown Vancouver’s lucrative entertainment district is heating up in court.
A group of Suburban taxi companies including Delta Sunshine Taxi, Kimber Cabs, Guildford Cab, Tsawwassen Taxi, Newton Whalley Hi-Way Taxi, North Shore Taxi and Sunshine Cabs are suing a group of Vancouver taxi companies, including Yellow Cab Company, Black Tops Cabs, MacLure’s Cabs and Vancouver Taxi Ltd. for more than 1 million dollars.
The Suburban cab companies claim they suffered damages due to Vancouver taxi companies trying to block them in court from circling in on their clientele.
On two occasions the Passenger Transportation Board approved 38 temporary licenses for suburban taxi’s to operate downtown on Friday and Saturday nights between 10pm-5am in June and December of 2013.
The Vancouver taxi companies filed injunctions while it attempted to have the decisions overturned.
A BC Supreme Court judge ultimately sided with the Suburban cabs- Vancouver taxis appealed- and lost the appeal this week.