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Council discusses how ride-sharing services will operate in Saskatoon
Published Tuesday, December 5, 2017 3:37PM CST
Last Updated Tuesday, December 5, 2017 6:56PM CST
City councillors discussed how ride-sharing services, like Uber and Lyft, will operate in Saskatoon at a meeting at city hall on Tuesday.
The transportation committee brought forward ideas to ensure taxis are on a level playing field with ride-sharing services.
The committee suggested the city create a new bylaw focusing on vehicle-for-hire services.
They also recommended that parts of the taxi bylaw get amended to make taxis more competitive with ride-sharing apps.
One recommendation was to change how the taxi-meter system works, making cabs more affordable.
Another suggestion was to implement what are called “flex-service licences,” which would allow cab drivers to work part-time. The idea behind the amendment is to get more taxis on the road during peak hours.
The United Steelworkers, a union that represents taxi drivers, had a brief protest outside city hall prior to the meeting.
On Thursday, the province passed legislation that allows ride-sharing services to operate in Saskatchewan. It will be up to municipalities to decide the regulations on how the services run.