Uber first tried launching in Vancouver in 2012. The launch failed due to regulatory hurdles and Vancouver became the first city in the world Uber was forced to back away from.
Now rumours are swirling that Uber is plotting a return to the city—but it looks like the company isn’t any more welcome. The British Columbia government is planning “to launch an undercover assault” on Uber, according to the Canadian Press.
Uber, which is available in Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal as well as hundreds of cities globally, will feel the wrath of plainsclothes agents acting as regular customers. These agents will scrutinize the service (should it officially launch in Vancouver), looking to bring it down for pretty much any reason—or, as Transportation Minister Todd Stone says, to ensure taxis and drivers are operating by the province’s rules.