There are fake taxis everywhere, from restaurants and bars to nightclubs and strip clubs.
And when it comes to taxi rides, it’s the same story: the driver has no idea that the passengers are paying for it, and they’re likely to get bored.
But some Uber drivers are learning the hard way that fake taxi drivers are just another service that can be helpful.
Uber driver David Lebovitz, who is based in Brampton, Ont., has had his own experience.
Lebovsky’s Uber app has been blocked by Uber in some cities because he says drivers don’t always understand the rules of the game.
“When I go out with my friends and I’m getting ready to leave, and I have my phone on, the app will tell me if it’s time to get in or out of the car, and it will tell you when the next driver is coming in,” said Lebovicks taxi driver training.
“I have to ask them ‘do you want me to get into the car?’ or ‘do I want you to get out of my car?’
Lebovots experience isn’t unique. “
It’s pretty annoying.”
Lebovots experience isn’t unique.
The real-life Uber driver shortage has also been the subject of a number of Uber’s most recent safety investigations.
And in the end, Uber drivers do still get paid.
“The majority of drivers are very well educated,” said a spokesperson for Uber.
“They know what they are getting into, and the fact that they’re willing to pay for the trip is something that’s a lot more attractive than the driver who has no training whatsoever.”
LeBovys taxi is one example.
But it’s not the only one.
Uber says that it has been working with taxi drivers for years, but they haven’t been given much incentive to learn the rules.
Uber says it has partnered with the Toronto Taxi Association to help the industry educate drivers.
“We have been working on this for years,” said Uber spokesperson Rachel Burt.
“And we have been very supportive of the taxi industry, and we’re going to continue to be.”
The company says it’s working on ways to make the experience better, like giving drivers more training tools to make sure they understand what they’re getting into.
And the company says the company is also working to create a better system for tracking fake taxi companies.