Amidst what has quickly become a fierce battle against the norm, Uber continues to thrive and and remains an industry leader in ride sharing. In a world where taxi monopoly was a secret pipeline for exploitation, Uber revolutionized the taxi landscape by creating a seamless and cheaper alternative. Due to this intrusion in the taxi industry, cabbies are struggling to find their footing as ride sharing is fast becoming the preferred option. Uber and its other cohorts provide a cheaper alternative to local taxi services.
In many countries, Uber has met with daunting obstacles as local cabbies fight to have the service outlawed and banned whenever they launch. However, concerned city authorities recognize the importance and benefits of ridesharing and seek to implement rules that facilitate Uber’s operation in their respective cities. Uber in Canada has just received the go-ahead to operate legally in the city of Ottawa.
After operating illegally for over 2 years in Ottawa, Uber in Canada received approval from Ottawa city authorities to launch operations legally in 2017. Ottawa has now joined the list of progressive cities that seek to revolutionize the taxi industry. A committee made up of Ottawa council men, taxi drivers and ride sharing representatives met in 2016 to debate the need to make changes in the Ottawa taxi industry.
CBC news reported that the City of Ottawa passed new “vehicle-for-hire regulations” — the first jurisdiction in Ontario to do so — to bring ride-hailing services like Uber in line with the city’s taxi bylaws. A city committee approved a raft of recommendations aimed at reforming the taxi industry. Some of these recommendations included that vehicles used for services like Uber will not need to equip their cabs with cameras.
“It is clear the taxi industry needs to change. Change is never easy. The industry needs fewer regulations and more competition,” Deans said. “The public demanded change. The public demanded greater choice. The public is counting on us to get this right,” said Coun. Diane Deans, chair of the City of Ottawa’s community and protective services committee
Other changes made include:
- Eliminating the $1.50 service fee for customers paying with credit and debit in taxis.
- Eliminating the $820 Algonquin College taxi course for drivers.
- Reducing the taxi licence fee by 40 per cent, and eliminating it altogether for drivers of accessible taxis.
- Maintain the exclusive right for taxis to accept street hails and use taxi lanes.
- Allowing taxi drivers to offer reduced fares, but only when pre-arranged through an app. The city will not regulate Uber’s pricing.
- Vehicles in both licensing categories can be a maximum of 10 years old.
Companies like Uber would be categorized as Private Transportation Companies. The service would also operate on a ‘buyers beware’ type of structure.
Ottawa taxi drivers are angered by this recent development as they fear that the value of their city-issued permits will plummet.
What does this mean for Uber?
Uber in Canada is bent on following all recommendations made by Ottawa’s city authorities. With Ottawa taking the lead in legalizing ride sharing, other cities like Toronto will be making similar moves as well. This is a breakthrough for Uber as its continues to make its way round the world one city at a time. It remains to be seen how quickly other Canadian cities will implement these changes as well.
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