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The Australian Taxi Drivers Association has taken Uber to court.
The Australian Taxi Drivers Association has taken Uber to court. Lv jianshe

RIDE-SHARING app Uber's days in NSW could be numbered with a Supreme Court bid to have operations immediately halted.

The Australian Taxi Drivers Association hopes to argue its case in October to stop Uber and all its subsidiary entities from operating in NSW.

Turner Freeman Lawyers partner David Taylor said the case would go deeper than previous matters which focussed solely on individual Uber drivers.

It will also aim to overturn a previous court ruling stopping anti-Uber activist Russell Howarth from performing citizen's arrests on Uber drivers.

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"Uber's case against Mr Howarth, and the basis for the injunction preventing him from carrying out further arrests, relies on their assertion that the UberX service is in fact lawful in NSW," Mr Taylor said.

"Our cross-claim will contend that the UberX service is responsible for allowing or aiding unaccredited people to carry out a passenger service for a fare, which is in breach of section 37 of the Passenger Transport Act."

Mr Taylor said an injunction, if granted, would mean Uber would be in contempt of the Supreme Court if it did not comply with orders preventing the operation of the UberX service.

Australian Taxi Drivers Association president Michael Jools said taxi drivers would be pushed out of their jobs if Uber was allowed to continue.

"We believe that our industry must change and improve itself, but that can't be achieved by an illegal operation flouting NSW law," he said.

"The NSW Government's Point to Point Transport Taskforce is the appropriate way to investigate and report on what needs to occur to reform and modernise our industry, not a foreign multinational simply ignoring our local laws."

NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley has indicated he would embrace a sharing economy if elected to power.

During his budget reply speech in June, he said Labor would "engage with this collaborative economy".

"People are voting with their feet - hundreds of thousands used Uber last year," he said.

"And the public should be free to choose the services they want without fear of retribution from government."

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