April 03, 2015

Question of the Day: Should Uber be allowed to operate freely?

Emily PrattRebel Correspondent

Uber is facing hurdles across the country as cities try to regulate the new and controversial way of traveling.

Earlier this month, Toronto police allegedly cited 11 UberX drivers for having inadequate insurance and licenses.

We hit the streets to see if you think Uber should be able to operate freely.

Tell us what you think:

Should Uber be regulated just like the traditional taxi industry?


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commented 2015-04-05 14:51:49 -0400
I have never used Uber but I agree with Guy and would never get into a vehicle I was paying a fare to without proper insurance and driver licensing displayed.
commented 2015-04-04 17:07:54 -0400
Local governments that oppose Uber do so at their own peril. Uber is an exciting concept that is gradually taking hold as the general public begins to understand it and adopt it. Voters will get an opportunity to let their feelings be known in the next municipal election. Uber needs to become an election issue and candidates who don’t support it need to be thrown out of office.
commented 2015-04-04 14:14:34 -0400
I have to disagree with you Guy. The model that Uber is built around isn’t that of the corporate giant, it’s the model of a buddy with an extra seat in the car. If you are traveling with a family member, co-worker, friend, or carpool (depending on jurisdiction, I suspect) you don’t need a class 4. Social media has expounded the boundaries of what people consider as there sphere of friends, Uber is IMHO a natural offshoot of contemporary social media.

The Libertarian argument for leaving Uber alone is that the government is reserving the right to say who your friends are.
commented 2015-04-04 07:36:50 -0400
Funny – a shot into the hearts of all big gubbamint pocket books. Funny how some interviewed are so well trained that they think they need big gubbamint to make policies to make them safe – some Canadians are so naive. Big gubbamint monopolies are the problem and why Uber and Airbnb have come to be so easily and with billions in financing.
commented 2015-04-04 07:07:29 -0400
It’s about the MONEY! That’s it… that’s all.
commented 2015-04-03 17:04:59 -0400
Absolutely! Uber is an awesome service. Their screening process is good, they have insurance in place, vehicles are late model and clean, drivers are pleasant, it provides a free market opportunity for people to make money, the phone app works well, shows you the drivers picture, their name, type of vehicle, and logs it all to your account for future reference if needed. Payment is a simple click on your phone when you get where you are going, you request an Uber when you need it with a click, the app tells you when it will be there, gives an estimate of the cost to destination, and more. Uber is free market service provision at its best. What the problem boils down to is big fat Government bureaucracies not getting their pound of flesh to pay for the bloated hordes of minions creating rules and regulations to make everyone’s life difficult. Governments need to adjust to the new mobile and technological world and stop imposing 20th century rules on 21st century innovations and solutions. Life as we know it is changing – order pizza on your phone so it arrives at your door as you get home from work, order something from a store and they deliver it right to your car parked in the lot at your workplace, and a single entry code allows them to electronically open your trunk, put the package in and close it, then you are notified it has been delivered – and I could go on. Over the next 10 years we will see things you can’t even imagine as innovation and development proceed at a breakneck speed. Governments need to get out of the way.
Palo Alto, California – leading edge government – phone apps – tree monitor – check any tree in the city, last pruned, age, health and more. EMS app – every person with CPR/First Aid/Defib is registered – someone has a health issue – whip out your phone, open the app – shows the closest person to you with skills – click – person notified – they reply and come to help – WOWhttp://www.pulsepoint.org/ https://www.twogo.com/
commented 2015-04-03 15:11:20 -0400
Change is hard. The competition is a threat to taxi drivers. Taxi drivers pay large fees to the city. Uber does have a website that would dispel a lot of the myths and fears people have. I like the idea. I think it’s really innovative.
I believe Guy is right.
Uber says, " the moment you are picked up to the moment you’re dropped off, your ride is covered by commercial liability insurance." There is a safety page on the site under the menu. Tells about extensive security checks, driver photo ID on file , customer feed back etc. I guess its still pretty new.
Would the city have trouble getting a fee out of it, maybe thats why the kibosh?
commented 2015-04-03 15:08:19 -0400
I’m not sure how Uber works. Obviously, if the driver is being paid it’s a commercial venture, and the car and driver must meet the same standards as taxi companies. However, if it’s just someone giving someone else a lift, for convenience and to save money, then the requirements for insurance and vehicle maintenance should be the same as the that of the general public.
commented 2015-04-03 14:55:02 -0400
Uber MUST have the same Licenses and Insurance as required for taxi services. The drivers should also be required to have a Permit with a picture and expiry date that is to displayed at all times when conveying passengers to prove they have been screened against sexual predation and violent behavior procured from either a municipal, provincial or federal police department.
commented 2015-04-03 14:54:29 -0400
There should be no restrictions on business other than for safety.