Let me state right up front, that I’ve never used Uber and , for that matter, I rarely use taxis.
So, I don’t have a bias one way or the other in the Uber versus Taxi debate.
But I do have a bias in favour of public safety.
Most municipalities, including Hamilton, have strict rules for the taxi industry, including regular vehicle inspections and assessments of drivers safety records.
Taxis that fail the inspections are pulled off the road until repairs are made; drivers who accumulate demerit points can be suspended or even disqualified from driving.
As a result, you know when you get into a taxi, the car is safe and the driver is qualified and insured.
You simply don’t have those assurances from Uber.
They say that Uber vehicles are inspected and that their drivers are assessed, but they offer no proof, and that’s concerning .
We’ve hears stories of Uber passengers that have been charged outrageous fares and passengers that have been injured in accidents, only to discover that insurance doesn’t cover their claim.
No one wants to ban Uber; we just want them to play by the same rules of public safety that taxis do.
That’s not too much to ask .