City of Toronto is now requiring drivers to pass a city mandated training to be eligible to work for companies such as Uber and Lyft in the City of Toronto.
Few things are changing:
- The minimum number of years of required driving experience will now increase from 1 year to 3 years;
- training program must be passed covering such topics as transporting passengers in a safe manner, driving in an urban setting, providing accessible service, anti-racism, diversity and sensitivity;
- all ride sharing drivers will now be required to attach “Watch for Bikes” on their windows to alert passengers when exiting;
- must alert passengers if they are being recorded.
If you are a new driver you have to pass the training by June 2020, if you are an existing driver you have until end of 2020 to complete it.
Also a handheld devices such as cell phones will now need to be securely secured and mounted in the vehicles.
There will be also a new program called “Accessibility Fund Program” which will charge a fee for not providing a wheel chair accessible transportation, all the fees collected will go to fund special wheel chair accessible transportation.