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Ottawa taxi drivers ordering Uber rides and video recording the ride (and uploading to Youtube) to use as evidence to help convict Uber drivers

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottaw...-rides-for-evidence-against-drivers-1.3180543

Ottawa taxi drivers order Uber rides for evidence against drivers

City says it doesn't recommend collecting evidence to help bylaw investigations
CBC News Posted: Aug 05, 2015 5:03 PM ET Last Updated: Aug 05, 2015 7:21 PM ET


Roy Noja, far right, speaks to a smartphone camera in a video posted on YouTube on Tuesday. (YouTube)

A group of Ottawa taxi drivers are filming Uber drivers in their vehicles, trying to get enough evidence against them to help city bylaw officers issue tickets against them, and they say they'll continue.


Blueline taxi driver Roy Noja says he came up with the idea to gather evidence against Uber drivers. (CBC News)

"For [the bylaw department]
they need enough evidence to go after them and give them their proper tickets," said Roy Noja, a taxi driver for a Blueline company who told CBC News Wednesday that he came up with the idea.

"What we did is to help the City of Ottawa and the bylaw [department], and to give them enough evidence as proof that what they're doing is illegal. And we're going to share every evidence that we have, to give it to them so they can go after them."

On Monday night Noja and four others ordered three separate Uber rides, filming each of the rides on smartphones.

In one of the videos, which was posted on YouTube, the three taxi drivers ask the Uber driver questions under the guise of wanting to become Uber drivers as well.

"We will continue doing that to prove to the city that we have evidence to go after them and give them tickets," Noja said.

City doesn't recommend collecting evidence
The city said it doesn't recommend trying to collect evidence to assist their investigations for safety reasons.

"Rather, the city encourages citizens to report concerns or alleged bylaw infractions on Ottawa.ca or by calling 311," wrote Philip Powell, the city's program manager of licensing, permits and markets, in an emailed statement on Wednesday.

Since October 2014, 110 taxi bylaw charges against 54 different Uber drivers have been laid. Of those, 37 drivers pleaded guilty to 74 charges with fines totaling more than $22,000.

In an emailed statement, an Uber Canada spokesperson said "the right path forward is to develop common sense" ride-sharing regulations.

"We believe that intimidation tactics such as these should give way instead to a constructive dialogue, focused on making available safer, more reliable and affordable transportation options to Ottawans," spokesperson Susie Heath wrote.
 

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Maybe we should film Taxi drivers demanding cash payments off the meter and charging exorbitant flat rates after concerts and special events
you mean like, gasp, surging? raising the price during periods of high demand? that's just wrong! there ought to be a law!
 

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(thoughts of under cover cabbie riding in Über X car)

"Holy, sweet Ganesha / Mohammed! This car is waaaaaaay far cleaner than my cab! And it doesn't even smell bad! WTF is this? The driver is actually obeying the speed limit and the road code! I NEVER do that! And the driver didn't even bother to ask me how far I was going. No wonder the pax don't want to ride with us anymore."
 

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Wow, what a great idea! I'm really glad some Taxi drivers are intelligent enough and have enough money and motivation to do something about Uber.

I wish they did it in Toronto though, just to shove it down Karygiannis's throat, so he could get the Uber pax (in this case taxi cab drivers) up to 20K fine.
 
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(thoughts of under cover cabbie riding in Über X car)

"Holy, sweet Ganesha / Mohammed! This car is waaaaaaay far cleaner than my cab! And it doesn't even smell bad! WTF is this? The driver is actually obeying the speed limit and the road code! I NEVER do that! And the driver didn't even bother to ask me how far I was going. No wonder the pax don't want to ride with us anymore."
Laughing my ass off. Read that with my authentic indian accceny
 

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:)

Man, out of all accents, my two favourite are Indian and Russian (later with me being born in USSR, although I don't have a heavy Russian accent, but I love it). I have an Indian friend who almost doesn't have Indian accent, but now and then he fancies my affection and fakes it. It's just awesome! No wonder I like Russel Peters so much. I also like that liking accents can be out of the racist context, which I truly hate.
 

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"U mad, bro?" (c) :)
 

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I can't count the number of times I've had almost the exact conversations with riders. Makes me kinda wonder if I was being recorded
 
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