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Uber Update

There has been a lot of controversy swirling around Uber’s intention to move into the Calgary market.  Unfortunately, there have also been a number of misconceptions and misinterpretations about how the City of Calgary is responding to that initiative.  I would like to set the record straight and give you the facts about what Council is asking from companies like Uber and Lyft (ride sharing), in terms of ensuring your safety and well-being. There has been a lot of controversy swirling around Uber’s intention to move into the Calgary market.  Unfortunately, there have also been a number of misconceptions and misinterpretations about how the City of Calgary is responding to that initiative.  I would like to set the record straight and give you the facts about what Council is asking from companies like Uber and Lyft (ride sharing), in terms of ensuring your safety and well-being.  

Today Council approved bylaw amendments that will allow Transportation Network Companies (TNCs), such as Uber and Lyft, to operate in Calgary.  With an amended bylaw in place the only outstanding item is the Province’s approval regarding insurance policies that cover TNC drivers.

These bylaw changes create the foundation for a robust transportation network.  The City’s mandate is to support innovation while accounting for safety and reliability, with a customer focus. We know that our fellow Calgarians welcome this new and safe option to our city and we are excited to go on this ride together.

The Government of Alberta has issued an advisory notice on ride sharing services and the insurance risk they currently pose to themselves and the public, noting any third party involved in an accident in or with one of these vehicles may not have adequate or appropriate insurance. Additional risks relate to the level of vehicle inspections on private for-hire vehicles and the level of training and security checks drivers undergo.

In collaboration with citizens, the taxi and limousine industries and TNCs, The City and Council have moved quickly to develop and approve these bylaw changes. Going forward, TNC drivers can operate in Calgary if they have:
• A Valid Class 1, 2 or 4 driver’s licence
• An annual operating licence from The City of Calgary
• An Annual Calgary Police Service (CPS) criminal background check
• Proof of valid commercial insurance as required by the Government of Alberta
• Proof of eligibility to work in Canada
• Proof of a provincially-approved 134-point mechanical inspection, conducted annually or 50,000 km, whichever comes first

I hope that this clarifies the efforts of my fellow Council members and myself to ensure that any private transportation offerings available to the citizens of Calgary are safe, responsible, and fair to any of the companies providing them.  To stay connected on future updates, sign up for my monthly e-newsletter at: www.WardSutherland.com

 

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 Ward Sutherland


 

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