According to the mayor of Calgary it looks like the deal reached with Uber in Edmonton is not a one size fits all approach.
“If those are rules they find very difficult then Lyft has my phone number too.”
Naheed Nenshi says the city will not budge on its demand for higher fees than Uber agreed to in Edmonton.
Nenshi says Uber must use city police for its criminal record checks as the company’s is simply not good enough.
“They are claiming their background checks are good enough but they just had to a $28-and-a-half-million-dollar settlement in the US for making too many claims about their background checks. We know very well that at least one driver here in Calgary made it through their background check despite having an active assault charge in front of them. So it is not good enough.”
Nenshi says he is an Uber user.
“It is not the be all and end all. It is fine. It is good. It is not a Star Trek transporter beam getting you where want to go.”
But he adds unlike the company’s service it is extremely hard to work with it as a municipality.
“It has been very difficult to deal with them. But the funny thing is that they follow the same playbook in every jurisdiction as though the jurisdictions don’t talk to one another. So for them to claim they are impossible in Calgary when they work under much harder regulations in New York, and in Houston, and in New Zealand, and in Berlin, and in Lisbon and all these other places it is a but ridiculous.”
Uber’s arrival in Vancouve rhas been described as inevitable by the province.