Monday, February 22, 2016

Private-for-hire vehicles to operate in Calgary

You’ve asked for it and we’re delivering. Council today approved bylaw amendments to allow Transportation Network Companies (TNCs), such as Uber and Lyft, to operate in Calgary. With an amended bylaw now in place, the only outstanding item is the Province’s approval regarding insurance policies that cover TNC drivers.

In collaboration with citizens, the taxi and limousine industries and TNCs, we have moved quickly to develop and approve these bylaw changes.

Going forward, TNC drivers can operate in Calgary if they have:
  • An annual operating licence from The City of Calgary;
  • Class 1, 2, or 4 driver’s licence;
  • Annual Calgary Police Service (CPS) criminal background check;
  • Proof of valid commercial insurance as required by the Government of Alberta;
  • Proof of eligibility to work in Canada; and
  • Proof of provincially-approved 134-point mechanical inspection conducted annually, or 50,000 km, whichever comes first.
These changes create the foundation for a robust transportation network. Our mandate is to support innovation while accounting for safety and reliability, with a customer focus. We know our fellow Calgarians welcome this new and safe option to our city and we are excited to go on this ride together.

15 comments:

  1. Response to bylaw changes by Uber: https://newsroom.uber.com/canada/en/response-to-calgary-city-councils-proposed-ridesharing-bylaw/

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  2. Out of curiosity, how much would a ride for hire driver have to pay per year in fees to be able to drive for lyft or uber,anybody know? Why couldn't uber cover most of the fee?

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  3. Hah! Nice one Calgary. Do you really think people believe this BS?

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  4. massively restrictive.
    Commercial licenses, mechanical checks in excess of what cars on the road today have, Calgary operating license... err fee collection. so it's official, we still have a protective transportation market.

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    1. Nothing wrong in asking for a Class 4 (Taxi) license. As to mechanical checks - only common sense.

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  5. We are hopeful and believe that Uber and other TNCs will operate in our market. Many other markets (like New York, Seattle and Portland) have much stricter regulations and Uber operates in those cities.

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    1. Please explain how new York is stricter when uber pays the city directly, and drivers don't require commercial licensing?

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    2. While New York TNC drivers do not require a commercial business license, they do require the following:

      • For-hire Vehicle License ($275);
      • Defensive Driving Course;
      • Medical exam;
      • Police background check and F.B.I. fingerprinting (fingerprinting cost $75)
      • To be associated with a “base”; and
      • Vehicle inspections three times every year, including at least once every four months. This inspection must be done at the Taxi and Limousine Commission’s Safety and Emissions Division Facility ($75 each time)

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    3. 4 things wrong with your comparison:
      1. New Yorks license is one cost for 3 years.
      2. The Police background check and FBI fingerprinting is once total, not once per year.
      3. Vehicle inspections are very quick and simple 32 point inspection basically checking brakes, lights and tires, which can be done at any licensed inspection facility. Most offer it for $35 (USD).
      4. The "Base" is just one of Uber's local offices, and costs nothing to be associated with.
      5. The medical exam is required by everybody in the state of New York to get a basic driver's license.

      Calgary on the other hand has me paying about $500 extra a year to drive. $220 to the city, and about $300 more for the ridiculous 134 point inspection that most BUS companies don't even do.

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  6. One point not clear, about annual fee of $220

    If I want to work with more then one NTCs, do I have to pay that amount for every NTC or one payment is enough.

    Thank you.

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    1. If the fee is for the operating licence, I would think that it's a single payment for the year, regardless of who you work for. You're essentially paying for a business licence, since you're a contractor for these companies. How you use that licence doesn't matter.

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    2. The first reply is correct. TNC drivers do not require multiple City of Calgary Licences if they want to drive for multiple TNCs. A yearly fee of $220 will cover drivers for any number of TNCs they wish to drive for.

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  7. Rules are to strict...I doubt any ride shearing company will show up in cow town...Instead of deregulating taxis you regulate TNCs on taxi level so they will be expensive as cabs...Great job Calgary!

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  8. Is the 134 point inspection the same as a Taxi in Calgary?
    Asent a potential rider I'm ok with the regulations. As long as they are the same conditions a taxi driver must follow (eg. Associated, checker (.

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    1. The 134-point inspection is the same for taxis; however, the difference lies in the frequency of the inspection. Taxis must undergo an inspection every 6 months, as taxis are typically driven full time. Uber vehicles must be inspected annually or every 50,000 km (whichever comes first), as most Uber drivers drive part-time.

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