Uber To Run Carpooling Service During Pan Am Games
Uber is launching a new carpooling service that will run during the Pan Am Games in Toronto.
Called “uberPOOL,” the service will allow users to “share a ride, split the cost and help Toronto move,” meaning users can share a ride with another passenger heading in the same direction.
“It’s the same reliability, safety and comfort of UberX, for up to half the price,” Uber said in a statement, “Congestion is a major pain point in Toronto, especially during the Games. We want to be part of the solution.”
The service being launched today, runs until July 26th.
UberPOOL will be free during the morning and evening commutes today for users to test it out.
According to Uber spokeswoman Susie Heath, Toronto is the sixth city in the world to introduce UberPOOL, in addition to city’s like San Francisco and New York City.
One Toronto City Councillor is warning Pan Am visitors about using “Uber”, instead of licensed taxi services.
With the launch of Uber’s latest carpooling service, Councillor Jim Karygiannis says visitors “risk being charged and fined up to $20,000 if they use any unlicensed bandit taxis like UBER in Ontario”
He adds, “Two weeks ago a judge ruled that passengers, not Uber, arranges rides with UBERX drivers. It is this court ruling which now puts passengers at risk. UberX drivers are unlicensed taxis. Under Ontario’s Highway Traffic Act a person who arranges for a ride in an unlicensed taxi is guilty of an offence with a fine of not less than $300 and not greater than $20,000. “
Karygiannis believes the judgement from Justice Sean Dunphy, took UBER off the hook, but not passengers and drivers. He adds “Under the Ontario Highway Traffic Act passengers can be charged. My advice to visitors and residents of Toronto is, when in doubt use a licensed taxicab”