On October 5, 2015, I supported Council’s direction to Administration to report at the November 16, 2015 Strategic Planning Meeting of Council with options for Council to consider regarding regulating Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) like Uber. Uber creates a new landscape that removes traditional barriers to entry into the taxi industry which allows anyone with a background check, license and vehicle the ability to become a driver for hire. This creates exciting opportunities for drivers and consumers. It also creates risk for drivers, passengers, and pedestrians. So far, Uber has not produced proof of insurance for accidents not covered by personal insurance plans. Currently, commercial insurance plans can cost up to five times the cost of the regular private owner policies.
Uber will need to satisfy my concern around public safety, specifically providing insurance that protects users. The City, the Provincial Government, and insurance agencies are working on a solution. Once this solution has been established, I will welcome Uber with open arms into the Calgary market.
My position puts public safety at the forefront of Uber operations. I also believe there must be a fair and equitable process that applies to all drivers in this sphere. That would require drivers in traditional and new transportation companies to adhere to current minimum standards including: a comprehensive police check including driving records, standard vehicle safety checks, and insurance that ensures coverage for drivers, passengers, and pedestrians in the case of accidents.
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