Allowing Uber Will Make Halifax a Better City

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Uber is available in almost every other major Canadian city. By not allowing Uber, Halifax is showing itself to be a city that is stuck in the past.

Other Canadian cities have embraced the service. Some examples include:

  • Calgary
  • Edmonton
  • Toronto
  • Mississauga
  • Ottawa
  • London, Ont
  • Windsor, Ont
  • Regina
  • Saskatoon
  • Barrie
  • Kitchener-Waterloo
  • Montreal

The appeal of the service is not hard to understand. It is more affordable, quicker, simpler and more reliable than traditional taxis. That’s why it has taken so much of the market. Uber is an innovative, 21st century service that has revolutionized the taxi industry.

According to a poll (done by us) with over 1,000 respondents, the overwhelming majority of Haligonians support allowing the service here. Of course, polls like this aren’t scientific, but they are a solid first look into what the public thinks.

Uber will undoubtedly be an issue during the upcoming municipal election. I imagine councillors and candidates who oppose allowing the service will have a hard time at the doorstep. The war over allowing (or disallowing) Uber continues to rage on in the Twittersphere:

If Halifax wants to show itself to be a forward-thinking city that isn’t “stuck in the past”, allowing widely used ride-sharing services would be a good start.

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