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Lyft and Uber Are Finally Operating in Vancouver

After a long long time , Vancouver and the province has finally approved Uber and Lyft to operate this week.

Vancouver was the only large metropolis in North America where Uber and Lyft were pretty much outlawed and unable to operate.

British Columbia’s Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Claire Trevena has blamed the old government for stalling so long:

British Columbians have been asking for new ride hailing services since 2012, but the old government failed to get it done. Our government did the hard work and delivered.

Over the last two years, our government has been diligent in developing a framework that puts passenger safety first, and we remained steadfast against pressures to abandon the safety measures we put in place. Road users can now be confident that B.C.’s ride-hailing services will comply with some of the highest safety standards in North America.

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Claire Trevena

BC Minister of Transportation

While a lot of users took to twitter to share their joy

… while some were not so pleased:

Uber and Lyft were ecstatic to be able to operate again in Vancouver.

Lyft and Uber are almost identically priced, Uber seems cheaper when we tried to get a quote to go to the famous Phnom Penh Restaurant from the airport: $24-$30 with Uber vs $30-$35 with Lyft. If you decide to take the same ride from airport with taxi, it will cost you the most, around $37.

While Uber said it will cover the whole metro area , Lyft said that for now it will be just sticking to the core of the city.

Area Where Uber Operates in Vancouver

Area Where Lyft Operates

For now, Uber and Lyft are the only two companies that are allowed to operate in Vancouver but BC Transportation Ministry said that they will be approving other ride sharing companies soon.

Ride Sharing Drivers in Toronto Now Must pass A City Training

City of Toronto is now requiring drivers to pass a city mandated training to be eligible to work for companies such as Uber and Lyft in the City of Toronto.

The new updated bylaw governing all Toronto ‘vehicles for hire’ now is in effect this Wednesday January 3rd.

Few things are changing:

  • The minimum number of years of required driving experience will now increase from 1 year to 3 years;
  • training program must be passed covering such topics as transporting passengers in a safe manner, driving in an urban setting, providing accessible service, anti-racism, diversity and sensitivity;
  • all ride sharing drivers will now be required to attach “Watch for Bikes” on their windows to alert passengers when exiting;
  • must alert passengers if they are being recorded.

If you are a new driver you have to pass the training by June 2020, if you are an existing driver you have until end of 2020 to complete it.

Also a handheld devices such as cell phones will now need to be securely secured and mounted in the vehicles.

There will be also a new program called “Accessibility Fund Program” which will charge a fee for not providing a wheel chair accessible transportation, all the fees collected will go to fund special wheel chair accessible transportation.

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 in Canada Wants You To Be Safe

Uber is in the news a lot lately due to passengers’ major safety issues. To counter image that Uber is unsafe, Uber has decided to launch in-app safety feature that will be rolled out in Canada and USA first.

So why is Uber launching this safety feature now? Because a lot of Uber app users do not check the car they are getting into and can end up in a dangerous situation.

In Toronto just recently female passenger got into a vehicle she thought was her Uber – but ended up in a wrong vehicle and got sexually assaulted.

According to Toronto Police’s investigation into a sexual assault in the Royal York Road and Evans Avenue area. Police said that a 21-year-old woman entered a black SUV driven by a man, the man drove her away from Toronto not allowing her to exit the SUV , he took her to a fast food restaurant parking lot in Mississauga , the woman tried to get assistance from a bystander , he then drove her to a secluded side street , he sexually assaulted her , The woman was dropped off later that morning, she then contacted police.

In South Carolina – same thing happened – student got into a wrong car – and was discovered murdered shortly. Police there said that they believe South Carolina student entered a wrong vehicle that was not her Uber.

Uber’s new Check your ride initiative launched the following educational video to remind Uber users to be careful:


Uber reminds people to match the car model and license plate with the information in the app and recommends you follow the following three steps:

  1. Match the license plate number
  2. Match the car make and model
  3. Check the driver’s photo

Uber also recommends you use Follow My Ride feature. This new feature allows you to inform people on your whereabouts.

Uber / Lyft is Now Available at Toronto Pearson Airport

Toronto airport officials finally announced that now you can use Uber or Lyft to get home. You were always able to use Lyft or Uber to be dropped off at any location, including the airport, but now you have an option of getting picked up at the airport as well.

Basically now, when you arrive from that long Bali location, all you would need to do is use your cell phone and get Uber to pick you up from either Terminal 1 or Terminal 3.

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The Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) said in their press release that this will be a pilot project and provide another transportation option for 47 million annual passengers.

“Following significant demand from our passengers, we believe that a pilot of full-ride sharing options is timely at Toronto Pearson, and in line with other airports across Canada and the U.S. already offering this service,” said Scott Collier, Vice President, Customer and Terminal Services, GTAA. “We appreciate the collaboration of the ground transportation industry in sharing their feedback and welcome another opportunity to offer our passengers choice in their transportation options.”

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Uber is now offering full service (pick up and drop off) at the following Canadian airports:

  • Toronto Pearson International Airport – YYZ
  • Ottawa International Airport – YOW
  • Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport – YTZ
  • Calgary International Airport – YYC
  • Edmonton International Airport – YEG
  • Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport – YUL
  • Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport – YQB

Lyft is now also will be providing full service (pick up and drop off) at the following airports:

  • Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport – YTZ
  • Toronto Pearson International Airport – YYZ

So what are you waiting? Now that is cheaper to get to/from airport pick a destination and enjoy your vacation. But be careful where you book your vacation from.

Women’s Only Ride Sharing Launched in Toronto

Update: We have just found out that only few weeks after launching and claiming over 3,000 in downloads, the app, DriveHer, has been hacked and all user data taken. DriveHer had to suspend operations as soon as they found out.

“As a precautionary measure, we are writing to let you know about a data security incident that may involve your information on March 30th -April 3rd, 2018. To our knowledge, the data accessed did not include any credit card information.”

DriveHer rep said that they are looking to see what happened and figure out how data got compromised.

Not the best publicity for the newly launched app and might drive female users to stick with Uber or Lyft instead.

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Women only ride sharing business, DriverHer, similar to Uber and Lyft has recently launched in Toronto with a lot of media covering the company.

Aisha Addo, an app founder of DriveHer, said idea came to her when taking a taxi one night with a male chauffeur who became asking her personal questions about her dating life and if she lived alone. She said that made her feel very uncomfortable and she has decided to do something about it.

Addo said that the app has had over 3,000 downloads on Android and iOS in the past two weeks with over 100 female drivers have signed on as well.

Not everyone was happy though, some potential male customers wondered if this was discriminatory and against provincial human rights:

A lawyer, Saron Gebresellassi, working for DriveHer disagreed that the app is against provincial’s human rights:

“DriveHer is entirely compliant with provincial human rights legislation. There’s no prejudice to the men. They’re not going to be stranded. There’s other alternatives for them to get around. Men aren’t being persecuted by not availing themselves of this taxi service.”

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This service is similar to women only subway trains or bus rides in countries like India or Mexico where male dominated culture oppresses women. However few feminists point out that segregating male vs female does not solve an issue of why women feel unsafe.

Love it or hate it, we live in Canada, where ideas and success of ideas are essentially decided by market supply and demand. And now you have other options to Uber or Lyft, particularly if you are a female taking a ride alone at night.

Toronto is Pissed with Uber / Lyft for Surge Pricing

January 8 started like any other day except it was not. There was 8 cm of snow and of course the Toronto subway system has collapsed due to power outages across its system.

Passengers turned to Uber and newly arrived Lyft to save their day and get to work on time. It was after all first day back to work after 2 weeks vacation for most commuters.

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But Uber and Lyft have turned on their surge pricing and users were forced to pay almost triple for their regular commute.

Some people have decided to use Lyft instead but to no luck.

Some other users defended both Lyft and Uber:

 

Not the best way to start the week and the year for some users. But on another hand, now you at least you have options that you can choose from.