Lyft is launching in Montreal soon

Montreal is slowly catching up to Toronto. Lyft has mentioned that they are looking to add Montreal to their list of Canadian locations where they operate. They have been operating in The Greater Toronto area since the end of 2018. They also have recently launched their service in Ottawa.

Lyft mentioned that they potentially will be launching in the summer of 2019 in Montreal. Lyft thinks that the new Bill 21 in Quebec will be good for their business, even though hundreds of taxi drivers there protested against it, and some even did self imposed harm, like cutting their wrists on live TV, to get media attention.

Bill 17 helps deregulate Quebec’s taxi industry and makes it easier for ride sharing companies to open up there. Quebec government has also said that taxi drivers will be compensated for the inconvenience.

Lyft is currently in talks with Quebec to get the best deal sorted out. Ideally they said they want to launch in Montreal, Gatineau, and Quebec City.

Bonne Chance! Launch date in Quebec is coming soon (and will be updated here).

And if you are looking for a job in social media or software engineering, Lyft is hiring in Montreal – make sure to apply today: https://www.lyft.com/careers?location=montreal%252C%2520canada

Uber to remove users with low ratings in Canada

Uber will start removing users whose ratings it finds unacceptable.

Uber mentioned that they will notify users several times to improve their rating before kicking them off.

If Uber removes your account due to your rating, you will also lose access to Uber Eats as well as Jump scooter app.

“Respect is a two-way street, and so is accountability. Drivers have long been expected to meet a minimum rating threshold which can vary city to city. While we expect only a small number of riders to ultimately be impacted by ratings-based deactivations, it’s the right thing to do. We want every Uber experience to be a great one.  ”

Kate Parker, Uber’s head of safety brand and initiatives

Users are not the only ones who can get kicked off. Drivers with rating 4.5 or less might lose access to the app as well.

Uber said users are encouraged to be courteous with the driver and remove their garbage, be nice to drivers, and not ask them to speed or run a red light.

So do not be like Larry David using Uber in Curb Your Enthusiasm episode…

https://youtu.be/0Ec6Z31S1fA

Uber is trying hard to reinvent and improve itself due to bad publicity Uber faced lately in Canada and elsewhere in the world.