Uber warns of higher fares in Toronto

Image copyright AP Image caption The company said Uber has thousands of drivers willing to work in the city at any given time Uber has warned of higher fares and longer waits at its…

Uber warns of higher fares in Toronto

Image copyright AP Image caption The company said Uber has thousands of drivers willing to work in the city at any given time

Uber has warned of higher fares and longer waits at its Toronto facility following the city’s decision to freeze the number of new licences.

Uber has received 5,000 drivers in the city for private hire licences since the ride-hailing service started in the city in 2013.

Toronto is the first Canadian municipality to ban Uber after a consultation into how it operates.

Earlier this year, Uber was banned in Belgium after it launched in the country.

Read more: How to use Uber in New York City

Uber’s new chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi was in Toronto on Tuesday morning to “detailedly discuss our plans to ensure Toronto is great for riders and drivers”.

Mr Khosrowshahi, who took over at the company last month, was on the city’s streets “chatting to drivers and finding out what they want from us”, according to Uber.

The ride-hailing company says Uber has nearly 10,000 drivers in Toronto who can offer their services around the clock.

The company says it has already started working with city officials and that there are 5,000 drivers who have registered to offer ride-hailing services in the city.

“We will ensure the City has a stable supply of ride-hailing vehicles, ensure the city and drivers are protected and we will work with the City to make sure the market operates in the way that’s best for everyone,” it said in a statement.

The Canadian capital Ottawa has already announced that it will not be allowing Uber to expand its service beyond its current boundaries.

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