The article outlines MacDonald’s statement of claim in a tragic auto-accident case laying blame against Uber and the City.
“Uber drivers are set up for a fall by Uber’s basic business model, causing drivers to be tied to their phones visually and attentively, distracting them from paying attention to the road and in breach of the Highway Traffic Act,” MacDonald says. “And [the] City has compromised Toronto passengers and pedestrians with their ride share regulations in allowing this and by failing to ensure they know Toronto roads and demonstrate competence through an in-vehicle training program.”
“The absence of training and the reliance upon the cell phone is a fatal flaw in UBER’s business model, that means that every passenger who gets in an Uber is exposing themselves to substantially larger risks of injury,” MacDonald says. “Every Uber trip is exposing the pedestrians of Toronto to increased risk that they’re going to find themselves in harm’s way by virtue of a distracted driver required by their enabling [the] ride share company to pay full and ongoing attention to a phone rather than to the busy pedestrian, bicycle and vehicle traffic which requires and should be receiving the Uber driver’s full attention at all times.”
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