Originally Posted by ryanmaccdn
Generally 99% of drivers seem to get around day to day without incident... Vancouver drivers would seem no worse than LA, or hell even those garbage south Asian cities where you can have a monkey driving a car and Uber works there.
If you have an issue with driver safety then complain on the lax testing for Class 5's.... but citing a driver who picks up someone on their way home commuting to go through costly testing and red tape seems silly. Defeats the whole purpose of ride sharing...
That is not how Uber works. People who do Uber have invested in having new-ish well-maintained car, and they just do laps around busy areas until someone orders an uber car. They are otherwise the exact same people who would drive a regular Taxi, except they are no longer driving a fleet taxi.
If you've been anywhere (eg Seattle) where Uber and regular taxi's are available, a regular taxi costs 10X more, thus it's cost-effectiveness only favors a full taxi with it's passengers all going to the same location. So a single rider of a regular taxi is often only going to get one if their destination is also a busy area (eg Airport, Ferry, Train terminal.) The Uber cars don't need to hang around very long to pick up a fare from the same locations. So even if they can not pick up someone from a Taxi stand, they are less than 30 seconds away anyhow.
"Ride sharing" is not what Uber is. It may have suggested being such, where someone working downtown and living in Surrey might be able to pick up someone also going to Surrey on their way, but that is never how it works in practice. At least one time in Seattle, I got the same driver twice because he happened to live around the corner of the location that I was going to/coming from. They accept a fare into a busy location, and then idle around the busy location until they get another fare to come back.
Try getting an Uber car at 2am, it will be surge pricing, because nobody will be available.
And again, my point about class 5 drivers licenses. You only want people with a completely clean driving record driving. There are people (just watch "Canada's Worst Driver") who drive dangerously all the time, aren't good at driving in rush hour, have low confidence in their driving, etc. The drivers can rate the passenger too. So no, you're not going to get honest ratings because the passenger's don't want to be down-rated either.