01 August 2019 0 Comments Posted By : The Guardian

LETTER: Uber could solve P.E.I.'s taxi shortage problem

There are young individuals walking home intoxicated in the middle of the night. This problem is directly related to P.E.I.’s taxi shortage. It is not a new problem, and it has been going on for years.

I have seen and continue to see young residents walking home in the rain, snowstorms, and even -20 C weather. There were many occasions I have walked home from the downtown area, and at this time, I was living in Winsloe. I have had to stand outside waiting for over an hour some nights because there is not a taxi in sight and no company will answer the phone. My friends and I have even hitchhiked home on occasion.

I cannot express enough how dangerous it is for young females to get into a stranger's car while intoxicated. I have also witnessed a lot of individuals driving home while intoxicated because they were tired of waiting for a cab.

This issue has to stop, and there is a simple solution. Incorporating Uber to P.E.I. could quickly solve the weekend taxi shortage issue. It would also give Island residents the opportunity for some parttime employment. I see nothing but overall benefit in bringing Uber to P.E.I. It will take away many hazards as well as bring employment opportunities to P.E.I.

Lindsay Jane Moore (UPEI student),

Charlottetown

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