We take our responsibility to keep Calgarians safe very seriously. That’s why we applied for an injunction last week against private for-hire vehicles using the Uber app.
Today, we were granted a temporary injunction which prevents all Uber drivers from operating in Calgary temporarily. The injunction is in place until Dec. 17, 2015. At that time, we will seek to have the injunction made permanent until private for-hire vehicles operating with the Uber app meet safety, insurance and regulatory requirements.
The temporary injunction includes all people who operate in Calgary as an Uber driver. The injunction supports our position that Uber drivers are contravening the Livery Transport Bylaw.
We are working hard to define new rules to allow private for-hire vehicle services to operate in our city. Council agreed to review bylaw amendments that allow a hybrid Open/Controlled entry system, meaning Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) could operate if they meet a number of conditions, including having proper vehicle insurance and the driver having a driver's licence acceptable to the Province (for example, a class 4 licence) and passing a criminal background check. Bylaw amendments will come back to Council for review no later than Feb. 22, 2016.
We want consumers to have options and continue to work on ways to provide these options. In the meantime, we encourage Calgarians to be informed to make smart transportation choices.
The City of Calgary enforces the Livery Transport Bylaw to ensure public safety, service quality and consumer protection. To learn more about private for-hire vehicles. To learn more about Livery Transport Services.