Our nation’s capital has thrown open the doors for Uber as it tables a framework for how it can operate alongside taxi and limo companies.
Ottawa will de-regulate taxi and limo companies and cut licence fees with accessible cabs paying nothing.
And the city will require drivers to get regular police record checks with those in the ride share side of things having to get them with more annual frequency than those who drive cabs.
All vehicles for hire can be no more than 10-years-old, and must undergo annual safety inspections.
Ottawa will require $5 million in liability insurance, and introduce a per trip fee with the money going into a fund to subsidize accessible cabs.
Here in B.C., the province is working on a framework to level the playing field, but no word yet when it will be made public.