The Canadian Taxi Association (CTA) is warning anyone thinking of becoming an Uber driver in the Niagara, Ontario area to think twice. In a press release, CTA president Marc Andre Way said:
“Canadian insurance companies are cracking down on customers who drive for Uber without proper commercial coverage. Errant drivers are having their policies voided and could be left completely uninsured.”
The warning by the CTA said that “Uber continues to recruit Niagara area drivers even though the company cannot legally operate and its application is still only under consideration.” Way noted that regulated taxis are held to a higher standard than other car sharing services. The CTA is not the only association that is warning of the risks associated with ride sharing companies.
The City of Calgary also urged caution after being advised that Uber intends to continue offering its service in the city even though it was a breach of a bylaw. In a statement, the city said:
“The City advises citizens that there are risks associated with participating in private for-hire vehicle services such as Uber. These risks include the fact that the vehicles are not inspected by the City and the drivers are not licenced by the City. There is also a risk that drivers, passengers and any third party involved in an accident with one of these vehicles may not receive insurance coverage or may receive only limited coverage.”
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[via Canadian Underwriter]