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Bring back Safe Two-Way Radio Taxicab Dispatch Technology.The majority of collisions in Ontario are caused by distracted drivers. Don't text, read, eat or anything that distracts you. JUST DRIVE. pic.twitter.com/rkDMDQt4uo— City of Hamilton (@cityofhamilton) March 12, 2017 In short: Using computers to dispatch taxis is IDIOTIC. I'm old school taxi. I spent most of my "career" in this business using two-way voice radio. You could operate your taxi without ever taking your eyes off the road. There was a time when being a taxi driver, contrary to popular perception, actually involved a lot of skill. I have been in the business for long enough to remember those days. The relationship between a good dispatcher, and a good driver, could be made to harmonize like good music. Then someone came up with the idea that it would be better to use computers to allocate ride-sharing requests. That was when it all started to turn into shit. Far from being an enhancement of comm…
Uber, Update - 19, February, 2017 "You don't push people around without some people pushing back." Distracted Driving An exploration of dangerous "distractive" technology, its use in Uber (and any other) taxis, and why, oh why, is MADD Canada shilling for Uber? Labor Strife The explosion in the number of cabs on the streets is hurting amateur Uber cabbies as much as it is hurting their professional counterparts. Uber and Ola drivers in India are now aggressively demanding better pay and working conditions. see here.Toronto Uber drivers are starting to turn on each other because of the squeeze market saturation is putting on them. See Reporting welfare drivers. Listen to the CBC program from Feb 15, 2017, "Still in love with Uber?" Licensed cab drivers are not the only victims of Uber's "business model." Hyderabad Uber Driver Suicide Adds Fuel To Protests For Better Pay. See also, Uber driver ends life in Hyderabad, family says he wa…
Is a Cheap Cab Ride really worth the Risks MADD Canada is now promoting Distracted Driving. "Saying she would never drink and drive, Sarah Milburn climbed into a Honda Odyssey after a birthday celebration, which soon ran a red light and crashed into a Ford F-150 pickup. She and her parents are now suing Uber, Honda, the Uber driver, and the owner of the van he drove (who allegedly was uninsured!) <italics - mine>. [source]“Millions of people trust Uber with their lives, and they obviously aren’t doing it the right way,” she alleged in the Dallas News. Links: Distracted driving deadlier than impaired driving, police say ahead of holiday crackdown Who's Driving You? Uber Incidents.Did someone order an U*** Eldon street junction of Blomfield street 😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/uT6qQw3wd7— Dave Cappaert (@davecappaert) February 12, 2017More Uber News More proof that my predictive capabilities rival those of Gerald Celente. Today, Uber drivers are again complaining about th…
What a couple of haughty clowns these two fools are. I've never heard of Professor Giroux, (should I have?) but as a cab driver, I have met thousands of McMaster students over the last several decades. When it comes to politics, economics, history, social policy, racial and ethnic politics, they are the dumbest bunch of brainwashed idiots of all of my passengers. People who have real jobs tend to be much more connected to the REAL WORLD. They have real problems to solve in their own lives. They are getting a REAL EDUCATION. The knowledge they accumulate has actual APPLICATIONS. Which is not to say that I have not actually met one or two Mac students who surprised the hell out of me by their comprehension of the real issues. They were obviously not Prof. Geroux's students, or, if they were, they were probably getting real shitty grades. One young person told me he feels the need to keep his opinions to himself, for fear of the overwhelming backlash. I guess he was one of the …
Uber in Hamilton: The "Level Playing Field" that Wasn't Remember when Bush Sr. promised, "Read my lips. No new taxes," and how that turned out? It's typical of the political classes. As a general rule, whenever a politician makes a solemn promise, reverse the meaning of that promise to obtain the real meaning. Consider the claim by Hamilton's politicians, in response to Uber's massive campaign of non-compliance with Hamilton's taxi bylaws, that they would "level the playing field." As it turns out, they did the exact opposite. Instead of levelling the playing field, they created a whole new section of the bylaw, with the specific intention of exempting the Uber taxi brokerage from the laws other brokerages are required to comply with. The devious wordplay they have employed to hand Hamilton's taxi market over to Uber is not even funny. Here is the definition of Uber's taxi brokerage according to the newly approved taxi bylaw,…