City Staff Analyzing New Provincial Ride-sharing Policies

By Josh Hall (Twitter: @Vancan19)
July 5, 2016 - 12:10pm Updated: July 5, 2016 - 12:51pm

City of Red Deer staff are currently analyzing the impacts of an announcement from the province last week regarding insurance for ride-sharing companies like Uber and TappCar.
In March, reps from Uber met with the Mayor's Office to discuss expansion into our city.
At the time, Uber also presented evidence from their mobile app that the demand for ride-sharing in Red Deer was overwhelming.
Now, the provincial government has laid down the law and it states licensing and insurance requirements, but Uber hasn't decided when it may re-launch efforts in this province outside of Edmonton. The company made the announcement that service would resume there last week.
"We were waiting for that decision because they are a higher order of government and their decisions will have significant impact on what municipalities can do," says Mayor Tara Veer.
"The next time we deliberate on it will be to have a briefing in terms of the provincial impacts. My sense is the provincial government's decision will indicate one way or another for municipalities and Red Deer what the options and responsibilites are on that file."
Uber first held talks about expanding to Red Deer in January.
Since then, another ride-sharing company called TappCar, which has about 300 drivers in Calgary and Edmonton, has come out and voiced their support for the province's new policies.
"We applaud the Provincial Government for putting the safety and security of Albertans first," said TappCar Spokesperson Pascal Ryffel. "We are particularly pleased that vulnerable sector checks will be written into the legislation," says Ryffel. "While this extra level of scrutiny has already been implemented by TappCar, we feel that it is important for the safety of Albertans that all ride-sharing companies be legally required to do the same."
Last week, TappCar expanded their service to Edmonton International Airport.

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