This opinion piece was written by Hanif Patni, president and CEO of Coventry Connections in Ottawa, Canada. The piece omits to mention the vast experience Patni has in working with cab companies and taxi associations also in other countries, like for instance in London, Great Britain.
When city councillors consider the future of Ottawa’s taxi industry in April, they will have to balance public interest, safety, competition and their own role in governing public transportation.
As people here debate what the new taxi rules should be, it’s important not to be seduced by the hype that surrounds the “ride sharing” service Uber and its supposedly disruptive technology. In reality, that technology is nothing more than an app.
There is an app for just about everything these days. Ottawa’s own cab companies have had one for two years and they just launched an even better one in partnership with a company from Paris.
It’s actually not the app that is disruptive. It’s the way Uber conducts its business. Uber offers nothing new but a willingness to ignore the laws that govern taxi companies such as Blueline and Capital. Uber ignores city rules on insurance, police checks, licensing, safety inspections, fares and driver training.
- Hanif Patni: “It’s actually not the app that is disruptive. It’s the way Uber conducts its business.”