The City of Toronto says it has approved the first accredited provider of standardized training for new ride-hiling drivers.
AMP Driving School will offer a mandatory training program for drivers who rent a vehicle from next month. The announcement comes after the city council decided in July 2019 that compulsory training was required following an accident to an Uber driver the previous year.
Now, drivers must prove they have completed their course and submit a certificate of completion as part of their application for a ride-hailing license, which will be eligible for driving for companies such as Uber, Lyft and Facedrive.
“The city has strong licensing requirements for rental vehicles to ensure the safety of passengers, drivers and the public,” the city said in a news release Wednesday.
In July 2019, the Council amended the law relating to the licensing of rental vehicles to ensure the introduction of compulsory training for all motorists. But the Govt-19 epidemic delayed its implementation.
The council reconsidered the matter in November, when it advised employees to suspend licenses for new drivers until the mandatory scheme comes into force.
“The new driving training will focus on improving driving awareness about Vision Zero [the city’s program to reduce traffic injuries and fatalities]Safe transportation of passengers, driving in an urban setting, anti-racism and anti-discrimination and legal requirements, ”the city said in a statement.
The program includes individual, virtual and in-car components. Drivers must contact the AMB Driving School directly to enroll in the training program. The project will cost $ 250 to complete.
‘Ambassadors to the City’
Shafiq Malik, owner of AMB Driving School, said on Wednesday that the training will focus on pedestrian and cyclist transportation and include basic skills and defensive driving. It will also teach drivers how to be city ambassadors. He said training will start on May 3 with more than 100 instructors at four locations.
“We are pleased to learn that we are the first company to teach courses for rental drivers,” he said. “We’re excited to start the course.”
Malik said the city had approached the school before the outbreak. He said the school developed the plan last year with the help of five other companies.
Gown. Christine Wong-dom, who represents Ward 13 at the Toronto Center, said drivers of commercial vehicles carrying passengers should know how to operate vehicles safely.
“We will not board a bus or a street car without anyone realizing that the TTC would have properly trained their drivers before granting them the responsibility of carrying human lives,” he said.
“It’s no different if you’ve been traveling in an Uber or a Lyft. Your driver must be adequately trained, know the rules of the road, and know how to handle a car in urban situations and on a fast moving highway.”
Uber calls approval ‘critical forward’
Uber said in a statement on Wednesday that it was “at the heart of the security firm ‘and encouraged the city to approve the training provider.
“This is an important step so that drivers can complete their training and go on the road, opening up flexible revenue opportunities, reducing waiting time and providing safe, affordable rides for all Torontonians,” the report said.
The city says it expects more accredited training providers to be added to its list within the next month. More information about the project can be found on the city’s website here.