A fatal 2016 crash on Highway 40 between Ottawa and Montreal has made everyone talk about the need to make the ride-sharing services to adhere to basic safety requirements. This accident claimed the life of Katy Torres, a 30-year-old Ph. D student when the ride-sharing car she hired rammed into a van. The driver and another passenger in the car suffered serious injuries.
The coroner who investigated the case said that auto insurance board in Quebec needs to emphasize the importance of adhering to the basic safety standards to the ride-sharing business.
Jean Brochu, the coroner, said the investigation report that the incident had happened on a heavy rainy day. But, he said that the vehicle that Torres hired from the Amigo Express ride-sharing business had its back wheels and brakes in very poor condition.
The coroner recommended that the Société d’assurance automobile du Québec, the auto insurance board of Quebec, to carry out annual inspections of the vehicles used by the ride-sharing businesses. This was suggested by many coroners in the past. But, SAAQ has not followed up on it yet.
Amigo Express said that it had read the report of the coroner and welcomes the recommendations made by the coroner.