/R E P E A T -- Leger Poll: majority of Calgarians want City to work with Uber and bring ridesharing back to Calgary/

CALGARY, April 12, 2016 /CNW/ - In the aftermath of the suspension of ridesharing services in Calgary and the coming into effect of the City of Calgary's revised vehicle-for-hire bylaw on April 4, a Leger poll shows that the majority of Calgarians (80%) believe the City of Calgary should continue to work on new amendments to its for hire transportation bylaw to bring alternative transportation options – like ridesharing – back to Calgary.

A link to the poll is available below.

QUICK FACTS:

Calgarians have a positive perception of ridesharing:

  • Calgary's citizens strongly agree (86%) that ridesharing can help bring affordable and reliable transportation options to their city and they largely agree  (82%) it can help create needed earning opportunities in tough economic times in Alberta.

Calgary's residents think there is room for discussion about transportation regulation:

  • Most Calgarians (84%) did not receive any official notification to directly provide their city council with input on their views regarding ridesharing regulations during the development of the new for hire transportation bylaw.                 
  • Calgarians also agree (65%) that barriers to ridesharing, such as the new rule stating that short-term and occasional drivers must pay hundreds of dollars in registration fees before they can use ridesharing platforms to earn, should be removed.
  • In fact, the majority (80%) think their city should continue to work on new amendments to its for hire transportation bylaw to bring alternative transportation options – like ridesharing – back to Calgary.

QUOTE

"It's encouraging to see such broad support for ridesharing by Calgarians. We continue our work to make their views heard, advocating for new measures that can bring more affordable and reliable transportation options to Calgary. We hope the City of Calgary will recognize the public wants more choice and will come to the table open to constructive ideas and flexibility to embrace the benefits of new technology."

About Uber Canada

Co-founded by Canadian entrepreneur Garrett Camp in 2009, Uber is a smartphone app that connects riders with drivers. Uber now operates in over 40 communities in Canada, Uber offers more than 22,000 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, visit: uber.com.

 

SOURCE Uber Canada Inc. (Québec)

PDF available at: http://stream1.newswire.ca/media/2016/04/12/20160412_C5312_PDF_EN_663458.pdf

For further information: Jean-Christophe de Le Rue, Senior Communications Associate, Uber Canada, jcdlr@uber.com


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