Absolutely! And then when everyone starts using Uber and there are no more taxis, the city can get rid of the department of Taxis and save money for the taxpayer. Might as well get rid of the restaurant health inspectors as well, no use and they just add unnecessary license fees. Stop the gravy!While I am pro-Uber, it seems strange to have two sets of regulations for what is seemingly one industry. But whatever, if the taxi cab drivers can't make ends meet then they should start driving for Uber! The only losers will be corporate and plate owners.
One of my friends can't find a job and is driving uber and it is true the drivers are treated very poorly and the money they make is way below minimum wage especially if you factor in the maintenance and wear and tear on the car.I heard somewhere that Uber drivers actually make less than minimum wage on an hourly basis.
Uber Drivers Say They're Making Less Than Minimum Wage - Business Insider
As long as you can get from A-to-B cheaply though right? It's an interesting economic effect.
This reminds me of the gun control debate, like how much can you really trust a company to obey a regulation when it's very presence in the first place flouted those same regulations? same way a criminal won't think twice of an illegal firearm possession.Toronto Taxi Alliance commends Niagara Region Police for enforcing the law on Uber - as Toronto should be doing
TORONTO, April 8, 2016 /CNW/ - 20 Uber drivers have been charged under the Highway Traffic Act by Niagara Regional Police in a sting operation conducted over several weeks. The Toronto Taxi Alliance commends Niagara Police for its dedication to enforcing the law for the protection of passengers and citizens.
The Toronto Police Service has chosen not to enforce the very same law despite repeated requests that it do so.
Frighteningly, in charging only 20 Uber drivers, Niagara police also found:
One of the drivers was not the advertised Uber driver of record
One of the drivers was currently charged with a criminal offence
One of the vehicles used was not currently registered
Three of the drivers were from outside the Niagara Region and did not know the area
You can read the entire Niagara Region Police Service release here:
Media Centre - Niagara Regional Police Service
SOURCE Toronto Taxi Alliance
Yes - thanks for steering us back OT, had been following the digression from gun controlThe logic is different. In the case of a criminal with a gun, or a drug dealer, or someone who has murdered another, those are individuals with no legitimate organization backing them up. In the case of Uber, there is something for the law to hold a measure of responsibility to. That doesn't mean I trust Uber, but at the very least, they have to be accountable in some fashion.
Seems pretty straightforward doesn't it? But didn't Uber start in various cities will full knowledge that their operation violated various city's regulations? Shouldn't they be held accountable for that?The logic is different. In the case of a criminal with a gun, or a drug dealer, or someone who has murdered another, those are individuals with no legitimate organization backing them up. In the case of Uber, there is something for the law to hold a measure of responsibility to. That doesn't mean I trust Uber, but at the very least, they have to be accountable in some fashion.
Are taxi drivers in Kitchener more pleasant to deal with than the ones in Toronto? While I don't take a taxi often, they are rarely a good experience.As many of you know, I live in Kitchener.
When I need a cab, which is fairly often given my propensity for the drink, I have several companies to choose from. I don't bother about it too hard because the one, which happens to have an easy to remember phone number, will be at my door in less than five minutes, and the fare I pay is less than $10. I have no need for uber.
Taxis are not as convenient if you live somewhere further than downtown.
My point is, current legal Taxis offer a great service at a reasonable charge already, so why do we need Uber in downtown Kitchener?
Note that I have also used uber in the same area, and there was confusion about which car is the car that's driving us... but other than that it was straight forward. I'll not that it was not cheaper.