It's an interesting psychology in the consumer at work:
"taxis in toronto are shit and its like a cartel"
(looks to multi-billion dollar multinational company for help)
"big three telcos need a shakeup!"
(looks to an even bigger giant than our Big Three, Verizon , for help)
Seem like weird remedies to the problems IMO
Cause you're asking for more of the same poison but from more distant and even larger businessses
80% of Uber's fares go directly to drivers, compared to a vast majority of taxi fares which go to pay token costs. It directs more money to the people that deserve it. How is that the same poison?
Interesting that Tory has chosen this issue to be his first wedge at City Hall.
The licensing bureau chief Tracy whoever (who requested the injunction against Uber) shut up suddenly and cancelled media calls after Tory's scrum where he defended Uber.
I've never used the service (though Tory has apparently). It seems that Uber are a lot shadier than they make themselves out to be and have hit problems in other cities because of it.
It will be interesting to see how it plays out.
Uber shady? WTF? I've lived in San Francisco, Chicago, and currently live in LA... some of the largest markets for the company. The service is incredible - clean new cars, efficient pickups, friendly drivers and far more cost effective than alternatives. My wife feels far more comfortable taking an Uber late at night than calling a taxi.
Their driver rating system ensures that you have the opportunity to only ride with highly rated drivers with large numbers of independent customer reviews, and customer service/dispute resolution is fantastic.
If you talk to the drivers, most of them love their jobs.
Honestly I don't understand Tribe sometimes. It's the first website to want to shove it to "the man," but then defends shady, money-making pyramid schemes like taxi licenses?
Ooooooh I get it. Tory is a baby eating conservative so if he likes something it must be bad.
It will be interesting to see if Tory can actually change anything at city hall (on any issue). The entrenched self perpetuating city Councillors, the administrative people there who are adverse to any kind of change, the tendency to add more bureaucracy and complexity and cost to even the most basic things... I don't have much hope it will be any different 4 years from now.