When a cab ride is no longer an option, you need to get out of the cab and find a place to park
The cab ride was one of the first things you heard about after the city of Winnipeg announced a new fare policy on Wednesday.
The policy, which also includes a $1.50 cab-ride surcharge, will affect about 3,500 drivers.
The city said that drivers who drive on weekends and holidays, on a Sunday or Monday, between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m., will pay $1 per kilometre over the next three weeks.
The $1 fare will be paid to drivers who have less than four hours of daily driving time, with drivers with four or more hours of driving time making a $2.50 fare.
The policy also will cover drivers who are required to have a valid licence plate and who are at least 18 years old.
While the policy is a welcome step, it doesn’t address the problem of long-term drivers who can’t find parking spots when they can’t pay their fare.
“We’ve seen a lot of complaints about drivers taking off from their own homes and not finding places to park,” said Janice LeBrun, a Winnipeg taxi industry analyst.
“The problem is, we’re going to have drivers who just can’t get into the cab to go out.
They’re just not going to do it, because it’s just not worth it.”
A taxi is a motor vehicle with a motor for propulsion.
The driver controls the car’s speed and pedals the engine.
The cab driver controls all the other functions of the vehicle.
There is a big debate over whether the policy was necessary or not.
Some drivers say they simply don’t have the money to cover the cost of parking.
Others say the cost is not worth the inconvenience and inconvenience is an issue in many places, especially when it comes to drivers getting back to work.
LeBrun says the policy isn’t the answer.
“We know the cab-riders are frustrated with the fare increase and have been for quite some time, and the government has taken no action to address that,” she said.
“I think the city should have taken the time to figure out if this is going to work and to look at what is going on with the economy.”
Some cab drivers say the fare hike is unfair and they’re worried that they’ll lose business.
On Wednesday, the taxi industry was in a state of crisis after the provincial government decided to impose a one-time fee on cab drivers, including seniors and students.
Cab drivers in Winnipeg are a major part of the economy, and many are now seeing the cost to drive a cab increase.
According to a study conducted in 2013 by the Manitoba Taxpayers Federation, taxi drivers are the second-largest employer in Manitoba.
In 2015, there were 3,800 cab drivers in the province, while the number of taxi drivers in Manitoba grew by 17 per cent.
And while drivers are getting used to the change, many are frustrated.
“If you’re an older person, you’re still paying a $200 fee to park a cab.
You’re still driving a cab for an hour or so.
And you’re paying $2,” said Jason Hildebrand, a driver for 20 years.
I’m not going out on a Friday night and paying $10 for a cab, he added.
“But, you know, I have a small income and I want to get to my destination, I want it to be convenient and I’m going to need a taxi to get there.”
The taxi industry is also struggling with the growing popularity of Uber and other ride-sharing services.
Hildebrand is one of many drivers in his industry who said the fee is unreasonable.
“It is ridiculous,” he said.
Some drivers, like Hildebrand, say they don’t feel safe driving a taxi.
If you have to get up at 6:30 a.c., you know how much more expensive it is to do that, he said, adding that the city has to fix the problem before the drivers are not paid.
One taxi driver in Winnipeg, who asked to remain anonymous, said the increased cost of a taxi is one reason he’s moving his family to a different part of town.
He said he’s planning to drive his family for two weeks in the next few months, while he’s looking for work.