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Taxi Drivers in Calgary Facing Hard Time as Ride-Sharing Usage Continues to Grow

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According to a new report from the Calgary Herald, taxi drivers in Calgary are facing a hard time as ride-sharing usage continues to grow.

The city said that there was a total of 2,282,276 trips were taken with ride-sharing companies in 2017, while 6,650,069 trips were taken with a traditional taxi. The number of taxi trips has been steadily declining over the past several years from 7,022,090 taxi trips in 2016, and 8,404,108 rides in 2014.

Uber spokesperson Xavier Chau issued the following statement:

“Uber pleased to see that the combined number of taxi and ridesharing trips has increased by over 25 percent compared to the previous 12 months. Thanks to new options like Uber, Calgarians have taken over 1.7 million more trips.

This has created new earning opportunities for local drivers and offered another safe alternative for riders to getting home after an evening out on the town.”

In a statement, President of the Calgary City Cabs Naeem Chaudhry said:

“The city has issued more taxi licence plates — that means more taxis are available,” he said. “But the trip volume is going down and the taxi number is going up, so that means the drivers are facing a very hard time to survive.”

Chaudhry said that a number of taxi drivers have been returning their licence plates to the city saying that they cannot survive off the money they are making from operating their cabs.

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  • Aleks Oniszczak

    Everyone has forgotten about the horse and buggy drivers. What about them? Why is it only about taxi drivers? What makes them so special?

  • Bill___A

    When the autonomous cars are in a rental pool, they will see yet another change. It is unfortunate but traditional ways of money are changing, for better or for worse.

  • Mark B

    Agree, so long as all the usual protections are in place

    — vehicle inspections, driver checks and insurance

    — no group of passengers suffer
    – ie. ride hailing / and autonomous services in the future businesses operate under same rules with regards to right to refuse fares,
    – and there exists some ability for folks without smart phones and/or credit cards to use the services — perhaps prepaid cards?,

    — AND all the proper taxes are collected.

  • Olivier

    « Better never means better for everyone. It always means worse, for some. »

  • Aleks Oniszczak

    “all the proper taxes are collected” I agree, but this won’t happen. Uber is a big powerful corporation which means they will pay less taxes as a percentage than you and me. Our government provides all the loopholes for them to do so.

  • raslucas

    And what about the rickshaw runners???

  • raslucas

    I mean… this is just a comment on how free market works isn’t it? There was more demand than supply… then Uber increased supply… maybe a little too much and there was a correction…

    It’s great! Supply and pricing should meet equilibrium naturally and nobody needs to intervene unless there are safety or ethical issues that arise.

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