UBER OVERTAKES TAXIS AS MOST POPULAR TRANSPORTATION AMONG BUSINESS TRAVELLERS: SURVEY

Jul 17, 2015

By Jane Brown

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There’s good reason Toronto taxi owners are nervous about the ride sharing service Uber.

A new survey of North American markets shows taxis are losing business travellers to ride hailing services like Uber.

File illustration picture showing the logo of car-sharing service app Uber on a smartphone next to the picture of an official German taxi sign in Frankfurt, September 15, 2014. A Frankfurt court earlier this month instituted a temporary injunction against Uber from offering car-sharing services across Germany. San Francisco-based Uber, which allows users to summon taxi-like services on their smartphones, offers two main services, Uber, its classic low-cost, limousine pick-up service, and Uberpop, a newer ride-sharing service, which connects private drivers to passengers - an established practice in Germany that nonetheless operates in a legal grey area of rules governing commercial transportation.    REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach/Files  (GERMANY - Tags: BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT CRIME LAW TRANSPORT)
File illustration picture showing the logo of car-sharing service app Uber on a smartphone next to the picture of an official German taxi sign in Frankfurt, September 15, 2014. A Frankfurt court earlier this month instituted a temporary injunction against Uber from offering car-sharing services across Germany. San Francisco-based Uber, which allows users to summon taxi-like services on their smartphones, offers two main services, Uber, its classic low-cost, limousine pick-up service, and Uberpop, a newer ride-sharing service, which connects private drivers to passengers – an established practice in Germany that nonetheless operates in a legal grey area of rules governing commercial transportation. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach/Files (GERMANY – Tags: BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT CRIME LAW TRANSPORT)

According to the expense management firm, Certify, Uber overtook taxis as the most expensed form of ground transportation from the beginning of April to the end of June.

Uber accounted for 55 per cent of ground transport receipts, compared with taxis at 43 per cent.

That’s a big jump from just the beginning of the year, when Uber had 46 per cent of receipts compared with 53 per cent for taxis.

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