Friday, December 11, 2015

The City and Uber work on smart ridesharing regulations to serve customers better

Transportation options and expanded service is something we can all agree upon. The City of Calgary and Uber continue to work together to meet the needs of citizens who want safe, reliable, readily-available transportation choices.

Collaborating to create transportation choices
We are happy to announce that we continue to have many positive conversations with industry and stakeholders. These conversations are leading us towards the creation of a regulatory framework, which will allow transportation network companies and private for-hire vehicle drivers to operate in Calgary.

The world is changing
The world is changing the way it does business and The City is working on options that will incorporate new technologies. We strive to create an environment that fosters Calgary’s entrepreneurial spirit and that spirit includes creating smart ridesharing solutions.

We take our responsibility to keep Calgarians safe very seriously. That’s why we sought and were granted a temporary injunction against private for-hire vehicle drivers using the Uber app. Uber has agreed that it will continue to suspend its private for-hire vehicle operations in Calgary while the temporary injunction is in effect as we work towards creating smart ridesharing options.

Next Steps
On Nov. 16, 2015, City Council instructed Administration to prepare amendments to the Livery Transport Bylaw to regulate transportation network companies and private for-hire vehicle drivers and to present amendments to Council no later than Feb. 22, 2016.

Private-for-hire vehicles to operate in Calgary

1 comment:

  1. If safety is such a concern for the City of Calgary why are you not working to improve the safety of the existing taxi cab service? The existing service is very substandard with poorly maintained and dirty vehicles, unprofessional drivers, and unacceptable response times. The City seems to want to hold Uber to a standard that is not currently being imposed on the existing taxi service - how is that fair? It's time Calgary started to act like a real international city and a first step is to stop protecting an obsolete and inefficient private for-hire transportation system. "The City is working on options that will incorporate new technologies" - what??? Uber already has the technology, you simply have to accept it and quit trying to protect the exorbitant licensing fees the City gets from one of the worst taxi services I have seen in any city in North America (only Winnipeg is worse).

    Just to relate a very quick story (this is only one of many) but my 21 year old daughter and her friend were told to get out of a cab in the middle of downtown Calgary at 1:30am last Saturday because they refused to pay the driver cash for a trip to Nolan Heights - this is the safe and reliable taxi service the City is trying to protect?? It's time for council to wake up and really look at what is going on here!