January 28, 2016 by Canadian Press
City councillors voted in favour of the bylaw on Wednesday.
The bylaw, which takes effect March 1, includes two licences: one for ride-sharing companies, called private transportation providers, and the other for taxis.
Mayor Don Iveson said the bylaw is a result of demand for more choice in the vehicle for hire industry.
Under the bylaw, both taxis and private providers must charge a minimum of $3.25 for any trip pre-arranged through a mobile app or written contract.
Only taxis will be permitted to pick up street hails or use taxi stands.
“The regulatory framework in the new bylaw helps to answer citizen and business demand for more choice in the vehicle for hire industry,” said Mayor Don Iveson. “It represents a significant evolution of the industry and creates a model that will enable the taxi business and private transportation providers to co-exist.”
The city said drivers will be required to provide proof of the proper insurance and class of driver’s licence, as outlined in provincial law. Criminal record checks and an annual vehicle inspection by a licensed garage and mechanic will also be required.
Fines for operating without a city driver’s licence or city vehicle licence under the new bylaw will be $5,000, and regular enforcement of unlicensed vehicles for hire will continue.
This story was originally published by Canadian Insurance Top Broker.