On Monday February 22, City Council approved bylaw amendments that allow Transportation Network Companies (TNCs), such as Uber and Lyft, to operate in Calgary.
This amended bylaw creates the foundation for a robust network that supports transportation options for Calgarians. It also allows established taxi and limousine providers to negotiate and charge fares through a smartphone app on the same basis as TNCs.
With the amended bylaw in place the only outstanding item is the Province's decision regarding insurance policies that will cover TNC drivers. In Alberta, a standard personal automobile policy does not cover a driver when their vehicles is being used to carry paying passengers or is used as a taxi. the Government of Alberta has issued an advisory notice on ride sharing services and the insurance risk they currently pose to drivers, passengers and the public.
The amended bylaw comes into effect April 4, 2016. this revised bylaw allows TNC drivers to operate in Calgary while maintaining citizen safety as a priority. Once the bylaw is in effect, TNC drives will be able to operate in Calgary if they have:
- An annual operating license from The City of Calgary;
- Valid Class 4 driver's license;
- Annual Calgary Police Service (CPS) 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 every 50,000 km whichever comes first.
This bylaw change allows TNCs to operate in a fair and competitive market while supporting innovation and technology and provides citizens with better service and options.
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