Edmonton Leads the Way with Ridesharing Regs

EDMONTON, Jan. 28, 2016 /CNW Telbec/ - The City of Edmonton has adopted regulations that modernize the City's vehicle for hire bylaw, becoming the first Canadian jurisdiction to pass progressive regulations that offer oversight for the rapidly growing ridesharing industry.

"Uber applauds the City of Edmonton for its leadership and we thank Mayor Iveson, Councillors and City staff for supporting Edmontonian riders and drivers who want more affordable and reliable transportation options," stated Ramit Kar, General Manager for Uber Alberta. "While these newly adopted regulations contain concessions for ridesharing service providers, the rules put in place a workable regulatory approach."

The City of Edmonton now joins almost 70 North American jurisdictions that have codified regulatory standards that help ensure public safety and expand the range of transportation options available to local residents. These rules help define the distinct nature of ridesharing services, including measures around prearranged bookings, dynamically-priced fares and the flexible supply of vehicles permitted to operate. They also establish standards for insurance, licensing, fees and driver partner background check and vehicle inspection requirements.

"The spirit of collaboration and willpower demonstrated by the City of Edmonton to modernize its transportation laws can serve as a model for all Canadian regulators and elected officials," added Ian Black, General Manager for Uber Canada. "We remain committed to working with regulators and elected officials across Canada to bring into effect common sense rules that benefit riders and drivers who want more affordable and reliable options."

About Uber Canada

Co-founded by Canadian entrepreneur Garrett Camp in 2009, Uber is evolving the way the world moves. Present in over 40 communities in Canada, Uber has revolutionized transportation and offers more than 20,000 Canadian driver partners a new way to earn a living in their spare time by offering a more affordable transportation alternative to hundreds of thousands of riders across the country. For more information, visit: uber.com.


SOURCE Uber Canada Inc. (Québec)

For further information: For further information or to schedule an interview, contact: Susie Heath, Senior Communications Associate, susie@uber.com

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