Uber should be regulated like taxis, say Canadians in new poll

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A manhood of Canadians believe the ride-sharing service Uber should be subject to the yet regulations as taxis, a new poll suggests.

The survey, conducted by the Angus Reid Association and published Friday, indicates 63 per cent of Canadians feel the authority should regulate Uber the same way it regulates taxis, while just now 37 per cent said that Uber should be allowed to endure operating without those regulations.

The poll comes shortly after taxi drivers in Toronto entitled off a strike that might have disrupted the NBA All-Star Game arranged for this weekend. Taxi protests have also erupted in other divisions of the country, most notably in Montreal this week.

Uber is currently obstructed in Vancouver, Canada’s third largest city. But the poll suggests the gigantic majority of Canadians are open to Uber operating in their communities.

One-third of respondents averred “yes, definitely” to Uber operating where they live, while another 40 per cent said “dialect mayhap, under the right circumstances.” Only 17 per cent of Canadians measured said Uber should not be allowed to operate in their communities.

There were some regional variations: Quebecers were twice as reasonable as other Canadians to say Uber should not be allowed to operate in their communities.

This vivid support for allowing Uber to operate within Canada with at scrap some regulations is driven by the positive opinion Canadians have of the serve. The poll suggests 47 per cent of Canadians have a positive assess of Uber, with just 30 per cent holding a negative scrutiny. Another 24 per cent said they did not know enough adjacent to the ride-sharing service to have an opinion.

Taxi jam

Taxis jammed the lanes foremost to the arrivals level at Montreal’s Pierre-Elliott-Trudeau airport on Wednesday to protest the ride-sharing putting into play. (Jay Turnbull / CBC)

The poll also gauged Canadians’ views of Airbnb, a maintenance that allows users to rent out rooms or their homes.

It ground Canadians had much less familiarity with the service (62 per cent knew yon it or had used it, com red with 93 per cent for Uber), but were multifarious open to it not being regulated as hotels are. A majority, 57 per cent, thinking regulation was unnecessary.

The poll suggests support for allowing Uber to work without the regulations applied to taxis increased as familiarity did: while 70 per cent of people who had purely heard about Uber thought it should be regulated, that consider dropped to 56 per cent among those who were more unreserved with it and to just 40 per cent among those who had used it.

A lions share of Canadians who have used Uber said it shouldn’t be regulated.

Operators of Uber also demonstrated high levels of satisfaction, with 91 per cent voice that they had a very or mostly positive view of the ride-sharing usefulness. Only 8 per cent of people who have used Uber said their intent of it was negative.

About one-third of Canadians who knew about Uber but had not at all used it said they had a negative view of it, though 59 per cent of non-users with a treble level of familiarity said their view of Uber was positive.

But what here taxis? A second poll by the Angus Reid Institute found that two-thirds of Canadians suffer that “cab com nies should step up their game to compete with Uber.”

Nonetheless, Uber doesn’t get a free ss from Canadians either. A best rt (57 per cent) agree they feel uncomfortable with Uber gather up prices during peak hours, and a plurality say they worry that Uber “desire make working conditions worse for their own drivers and for taxi drivers.”

A intricate issue in the minds of Canadians, then, and not easily solved. But until city politicians figure it out, there is always the bus.


The polls by the Angus Reid Originate were conducted on January 27 and 31, 2016 and February 10 and 11, 2016, talking 1,503 and 1,505 Canadians, respectively, via the Internet. As the respondents were tired from an online nel, a margin of error does not apply.

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