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TNC/Uber Update

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Ward 6 official websiteOn April 1, 2016, following several months of engagement and consultation with citizens and ride sharing companies, the opportunity to legally operate ride sharing services in Calgary came into effect. Two new license categories were introduced into the livery transport bylaw – Transportation Network Company (TNC) and Transportation Network Driver. The regulations were developed on the basis of citizens’ desire for more options in the for-hire transportation sector, with the primary concern of ensuring safety standards with respect to vehicle inspections, criminal background checks and insurance were being maintained by ride sharing companies.

A new insurance policy for TNCs became available in Alberta as of July 1, 2016. Alberta is the first province to develop a policy specifically for TNCs. The TNC insurance solution has been approved by Alberta’s Superintendent of Insurance, and is activated as soon as a driver accesses the app to provide for-hire rides. Read here for what you need to know about Taxi, Limousine and Transportation Network Company Rates and Fares.

To date, four local companies have successfully applied for and become licensed including TappCar, Cowboy Taxi, Allied, and Ride Please.  I am supporting the efforts of the City of Calgary Livery Transport Services team that is diligently working to help facilitate the entrance of other interested applicants including Uber.

This content represents the personal views and opinions of the Ward Councillor and should not be taken as a statement of policy of The City of Calgary. The inclusion of any external content does not imply endorsement by The City of Calgary.

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