On February 22, Council voted 14-1 to approve bylaw amendments that will allow Transportation Network Companies (TNCs), such as Uber and Lyft, to operate in Calgary. It also allows established taxi and limousine providers to negotiate and charge fares through a smartphone app on the same basis as TNCs.
With an amended bylaw in place the only outstanding item is the Province's approval regarding insurance policies that cover TNC drivers. In Alberta, a standard personal automobile policy does not cover a driver when their vehicle is being used to carry paying passengers or is used as a taxi. The Government of Alberta issued an advisory notice on ride sharing services and the insurance risk they currently pose to drivers, passengers and the public.
Going forward, TNC drivers can operate in Calgary if they have:
- An annual operating licence from the City of Calgary
- Valid Class 4 driver's licence
- 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 provincially approved 134 point mechanical inspection, conducted annually or after 50,000 km, whichever comes first.
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