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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.

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.

Original Story Below

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.

Uber Charges Toronto Rider $18k for 20 Min Ride

Uber Users – make sure you double check your Uber receipt emails from now on. You might have $18k to pay if you are not careful.

As you probably know, Uber and Lyft (which recently launched in Toronto – yey!) use surge pricing when demand spikes up for the rides, and that ride that usually costs you $15 can end up being $50 if you are not careful. But $18,000? That’s what happened to a Toronto user this week.

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The ride itself was a 5 km ride that took about 20 min to complete, the bill that came was for $18,518.

When Uber when initially contacted, they said that the price was right and they are sticking with it. The story went viral as you can imagine.

The Uber said that the fare was correct when using pick up and drop off location:

A bit later – retracting from its initial comment, Uber released the following statement saying that it was a mistake on company part and they are looking to see what and how it could have happened like that.

There was an error here and it has been resolved. We have provided a full refund to this rider and apologized to him for this experience. We have safeguards in place to help prevent something like this from happening, and we are working to understand how this occurred.

So just in case, double check your Uber bills to make sure you do not have any $18k+ bills for your recent Uber rides.

Lyft is Officially Launched in Canada

The game is on, competition game anyways. Uber watch out. Lyft, the second most popular ride sharing service is now in the Greater Toronto area. Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary, Ottawa – you need to wait your turn – Sorry.

Lyft is a great alternative to Uber, especially if you do not want to get stuck with $18k Uber user has recently had to pay for 20 min Uber ride.

So now that Lyft has come to Toronto you can use our PlanetWeb promotional code to get $10 off if you are interested in signing up: code PLANETWEB – https://www.lyft.com/invite/PlanetWeb

As you can see from the area of coverage below, you can now use Lyft whether you live in Newmarket or Oakville or even as far as Hamilton and Oshawa.

Starting today you can now catch Lyft anywhere you go in the GTA. You can also compare prices with Uber to see which one is faster / cheaper.

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Lyft has also launched a campaign to raise money for Sick Kids, Toronto children’s hospital. Noble cause indeed.

We Ride for SickKids Foundation

Round Up & Donate uses the power of our community to raise money for good causes.

Lyft riders can opt in to round up each fare to the nearest dollar, and the difference is donated to a cause of their choice. On average, Round Up & Donate costs just a few dollars per month, but collectively our action can make a big change.

To kick things off, we’ll round up the fares on our end for every ride in December and donate the difference to SickKids Foundation. The more you ride, the more we’ll donate.

In January, Torontonians can raise money for SickKids Foundation by opting in.

Once again, now that Lyft has come to Toronto you can use our PlanetWeb promotional code to get $10 off if you are interested in signing up: code PLANETWEB – https://www.lyft.com/invite/PlanetWeb

Lyft Is Confirmed To Start Operating in Toronto GTA Before Christmas

Watch out Uber, Lyft is finally coming to Hog Town as earlier announced. The ride sharing operation has finally confirmed that by Christmas December 2017 you will be able to catch a ride with Lyft in Greater Toronto area as well as City of Hamilton. This is Lyft’s first expansion outside of the US market, where they operate in approximately 300 U.S. cities, including New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles and provide about 18.7 million rides a month.

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Lyft made an announcement early this Monday:

“We’ll begin outreach to drivers today and will have additional information on timing in the coming weeks. Wherever we are, we know it matters how you get there, so we’ve got our toques on. From brunch in Bloordale and belly laughs on Mercer St to polishing off some late-night poutine at your favourite burger joint out in Woodbridge, we know Toronto is the place to be.”

This announcement is followed by a long battled out road that Uber had to take with taxi industry and City of Toronto to get ride sharing legalized earlier last year. The ride sharing industry no longer needs to operate in the shadows.

Lyft announcement continues:

Lyft will be around to help ring in the holidays, so if you’re in Toronto, just tap to request — ’cause for the first time in TO, we’ve got your ride.

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Lyft is coming to Canada at times when some provinces taken tough stance against Uber to protect the taxi unions. Province of Quebec, mostly French speaking second most populous, Canadian province  , has recently introduced draconian new laws not seen anywhere in North America where if you want to operate part time for Uber you need to jump through hassles just like a regular taxi driver. Uber has urged the province to reconsider and has until end of the year to cease operations in the province.

“We’ve confirmed that the new training requirements that would impede our ability to operate do not have to be initiated for a few months, and we are committed to working with the government over this period,” the Uber Quebec statement reads.

Uber is finally coming back to Vancouver, BC to subsidize taxi industry

Uber is coming back to Vancouver at the end of 2017, Province of British Columbia has announced.  While deciding to bring back the ride sharing service, the province has also decided to level the playing field by subsidizing the taxi industry by providing  “$1 million to help the taxi industry develop an app with the capability of shared dispatch to allow the taxi sector provincewide to better compete with new entrants to the market, and allow the public to hail and pay for a taxi with a smartphone in the same way that they would for a ride-sharing service”.

The province will also provide the following to help the taxi industry:

 

Todd Stone, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure said:

“British Columbians have told us that they want ride sharing services, and we’re moving forward to make it happen. While we’re taking action, we know that many people rely on taxis to support themselves and their families. That’s why we’re making investments to modernize the taxi industry and create a level playing field.”

Not everyone was happy with the proposed plan – users went to social media, Facebook, to vent, including James Becker:

Why are taxpayers subsidising an industry that is unwilling or unable to adapt to the changes in the transportation market? The taxi industry deserves no favours or special treatment from taxpayers or government. The entire framework of taxi regulation and licensure needs to be dismantled and the market opened up to new competitors like Uber and Lyft so that the consumers can benefit the most with true market value prices rather than government mandated artificial scarcity. Government should stick to governing and get out of the business of business. End corporate welfare.

Uber’s spokesperson for Canada, Susie Heath, said the following in regards to the announcement:

From Vancouver to Victoria, Kelowna to Prince George, British Columbians want and need access to more safe, affordable, reliable transportation options across the province.  Today’s announcement is a step forward by the provincial government and we’re encouraging all parties in British Columbia to commit to bringing forward progressive regulations that embrace ridesharing in 2017.

Video below goes over BC investing in taxi industry to help them compete against Uber and other ride sharing services: