The City and Uber working together
Calgary - Today The City of Calgary and Uber agreed to continue working together on a regulatory framework that will allow for transportation network companies and private-for-hire vehicle service in Calgary.
Uber has agreed that it will continue to suspend its private for-hire vehicle operations in Calgary while the temporary injunction is in effect. The City of Calgary and Uber’s driver partners have also agreed to adjourn the application for a permanent injunction. The temporary injunction remains in effect.
On November 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 present such amendments to Council no later than February 22, 2016. Administration is collaborating with Uber and other stakeholders in the creation of these amendments.
An outstanding issue for transportation network companies and private for-hire vehicles continues to be a lack of a provincially approved insurance product. In the spirit of collaboration, Uber and The City will work with the Government of Alberta to resolve provincial matters related to this emerging industry.
“I have always supported innovation and improvement to Calgary’s taxi system,” said Mayor Naheed Nenshi. “This requires that all players—including The City and Uber—work together so we can ensure that this new transportation service is safe and reliable for Calgarians. Although I was disappointed that Uber decided to launch before there was a provincially approved insurance product in place and before Council had approved new regulations for this emerging industry, I am pleased that we are now working together to bring another transportation option to Calgarians.”