June 03, 2015

Uber is here to stay, so bureaucrats need to catch up

Marissa SemkiwRebel Commentator

I talk to lawyer Ed Prutschi about the fate of Uber in Toronto. Their case is before the courts now. Prutschi talks about how the case is going, and what will happen if the judge finds for Uber.

He says the ride sharing app is here to stay, so now the legal, insurance and regulatory systems will simply have to catch up.

We talk about all the implications this will have for the taxi industry, consumers and Uber drivers themselves.


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commented 2015-06-05 01:56:02 -0400
I hope Uber give its riders the option of riding in a vehicle that does not reek of garlic.
The regular taxi companies do not give a damn.
commented 2015-06-04 20:55:23 -0400
I just find i very hypocritical from our elected officials to condemn and fine the Uber drivers. Just the other day as I was driving to work , I saw a big sign " share a drive". When you share a drive, you are expected to pay some money to the owner of the vehicle. Nobody is raising any question about the legality of this arrangement.
The difference between Uber and many legit taxi drivers. Uber drivers have good and clean car, speak English and know the city well. No money changes hands . Uber is also much quicker. I can go on and on, however , our city officials have to realize that most of us second class citizens are embracing the new technology – analogy, you cannot shop on Ebay or any on-line store, you schlepp to the store to make a purchase-
commented 2015-06-04 13:49:43 -0400
If I were driving a taxi I’d quit the legal business and do exactly what Uber is doing if the government isn’t going to enforce the rules.
commented 2015-06-03 23:00:58 -0400
What are the bureaucrats going to do when a little bit of car pooling gets thrown into the mix? Technology like this will evolve faster than any city/provincial government can come up with laws to control or contain it. They should just be happy that maybe there are fewer cars on their grid locked highways and roads.
commented 2015-06-03 18:35:11 -0400
I would like the bureaucrats to leave me alone and let me make my own decision about what car service I want. Regulation is not needed. If I am not comfortable riding with Uber then I won’t use it. If I am comfortable riding with Uber, then I want the regulators to get out of my way and let me have my own choice.
commented 2015-06-03 17:25:20 -0400
If taxis get wiped out, there’s one thing I am going to miss – all that lovely B FKG O from the guy behind the wheel that doesn’t speak english and what’s more, doesn’t know how to bathe either.

Lovin’ you Uber!!!!