Uber will not expand into Winnipeg due to disagreement over insurance structure

The company believes proposed rates are “detrimental" to Manitoba ridesharing drivers

Comments

  • CoryB

    First, it is important to note that by proivncl law Manitoba is a sole source vehcile insurance market. Every vehicle legally operating within Maniotba needs insurance through MPI.

    The other pieces missing here is the rate proposed for Uber, Lyft and similar is significantly discounted from.other ride for hire operators (ie taxis). The other piece is the proposed rates are sent to an independent body for review and approval. It is possible due to giving Uber preferential treatment over taxis could see the rates rejected.

    The final piece to keep in mind is drivers working for hire need to have a commerical driver’s license which is different than the private use license most people hold. This is actually an international standard that Uber has not been respecting.

    • It’s Me

      Uber’s business model has always been “the rules don’t apply to us because we are special”. It was actually amazing to see how many people they convinced that was true.

    • CoryB

      Why require drivers have license or insurance at all if Uber wants to flaunt the rules on what is required for a ride for hire service. Heck let’s complete eliminate any license and insurance requirements for all vehicles on the road. It would be wonderful to see semis with 5 52′ trailers pulled by a driver working 72 hours straight without any sleep.

    • It’s Me

      yup.

      But Uber doesn’t want to get rid of rules and regulation. They just don’t want to have to abide by or follow the rules and regulations. They want to be special.

    • Marshall Davidson

      The rules and regulations need to change with the times. You can’t enforce 1970s-style regulatory regimes in 2018 and trying to do so to protect a monopoly in this business is utterly ludicrous. I understand you hate UBER but you also seem to be an advocate for a corrupt and broken taxi industry as well.

    • It’s Me

      I dislike the taxi industry. Corrupt, as you say. Which is entirely irrelevant. Uber is a dirty company and is not special. Their business model is based on simply assuming rules don’t apply to them.

      My feelings toward Uber have nothing to do with protecting taxis, that’s a daft assumption. My disdain of this company has to do with their behaviour. We don’t live in a society where we get to say “hey, I don’t like these laws today so they won’t apply to me. I like you car, so I’ll just take it”. That’s the world Uber thinks it’s in.

    • Anaron

      What’s your opinion on Lyft? Are they better or worse than Uber in your eyes? I’m genuinely curious.

    • It’s Me

      They seem to be a little more respectful of the rules and laws when they enter an area. They don’t seem to play games with law enforcement or try to hide data from courts.

      I have no problem with ride sharing services in general. Just the way Uber operates. Hiring PIs to dig up dirt on reporters that paint them in less than flattering ways, hiding and destroying data when law enforcement comes around, hiring people to call for ghost rides from competitors. They are just a dirty company all around.

    • Anaron

      If all of that is true, then that’s very troubling. Has any of it been proven?

    • EndangeredTechman

      As far as i know all of it has been proven, i know there was/is a criminal investigation for a cover up of consumer data being breached. Alot more has been alleged, like stealing ip, sexual harassment, etc.

    • Marshall Davidson

      Yeah, and the same thing goes for Quebec of B.C. with its government insurance system and yet there aren’t the same difficulties in either of those jurisdictions so it just seems that Manitoba is a hot mess

    • EndangeredTechman

      You don’t seem to fully understand the situation. Notice one thing in BC? Insurance rates are climbing out of control. Ride sharing operators are stealing from the rest of us by not paying their share to insurance. The rates are based on average driving. If someone is driving for a living then they are not average. Uber comits insurance fraud and we pay the price. Nothing to do with taxis.