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RideFairTO launches in Toronto

In December 2020,  RideFair stakeholders came together to launch a campaign to ensure ride-hailing in Toronto operates in the public interest.  Hear key stakeholders make the case for change:

Brendan Agnew-Iler, Transit and transportation advocate

Earla Phillips, long-time Uber and Lyft driver 

Satkunanathan Satkunalingam, Toronto taxi driver since 1994 

Sarah Buchanan, Program Manager, Clean Economy at Environmental Defence 

The race to the bottom needs to stop

Ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft have made it easier for people to summon and pay for trips in a private vehicle. Unfortunately, the lack of sensible regulation and the exponential growth comes with serious side effects. Digital platforms offered the promise of easy mobility but ended up contributing to clogging up city streets, rising carbon emissions and pollution, proliferating precarious work and causing more dangerous environments for cyclists, pedestrians and other road users.

With fares subsidized by international venture capital, ride-hailing companies like Uber have also undercut public transit. By moving public transit users into thousands of individual cars, they are eroding transit authorities’ capacity to provide (and grow) an effective public transit network.

Like other internet-based companies, ride-hailing platforms seem to play by their own rules. They extract value from our communities by using public infrastructure, but don’t pay anything back in taxes or decent jobs. They facilitate a race to the bottom that needs to stop.


The latest

‘Driver poverty.’ Report shows Toronto ride-hail gig workers earn $6.37 an hour after expenses

Toronto ride-hail drivers earn an average of $6.37 per hour worked, well below Ontario’s minimum wage of $16.55, after costs related to using a personal vehicle for work are factored in, according to a new report from RideFairTO on Monday.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Report exposes Uber’s poverty pay in Toronto Uber’s proposed Provincial policy is a poverty trap, not a gig work solution, say Ridefair, RDAO

Toronto, ON (February 12, 2024): Today, Ridefair Toronto and the Rideshare Drivers Association of Ontario (RDAO) released a report titled “Legislated Poverty” to address Uber’s deceptive and poorly understood claim that the median earning for Toronto drivers comes to $33.35 per engaged hour. The report estimates that this figure corresponds to actual hourly earnings of […]

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