There was already no love lost between the city of Calgary and US ride-sharing firm Uber, but tensions will only escalate after Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi landed himself in hot water. The official made a disparaging remark about Uber CEO Travis Kalanick while taking a ride in rival company Lyft during a trip to Boston.
Nenshi was critical of Uber’s background checks for drivers while described CEO Kalanick with a coarse word that has caused controversy. The mayor was in Boston to give a talk at MIT when he used Lyft while unaware the driver was livestreaming the conversation to Periscope.
In the wake of the comments, Nenshi has apologized to the city council and the matter will now be sent to the Integrity Commissioner for review.
Nenshi has not elaborated on his comments about drivers checks, but he did say during the ride that the company has passed a driver with a criminal record. He says this was not a breach of confidential information.
“Who knew I’d have my very own episode of Taxicab Confessions? I should have stuck with Carpool Karaoke,” Nenshi said in the release Saturday afternoon.
“I was not aware that this driver was live broadcasting our discussion on the Internet, and he certainly didn’t have my consent to do so.”
Calgary has had problems with Uber this year and has seen the company leave the market entirely after the city drew up regulations that were rejected by the ride-sharing giant. The city required strict background checks for drivers and that Uber operators have both Class 4 driver’s licenses and legitimate auto insurance.