Calgarians can finally start downloading the Uber app again because the ride share company could be coming back to the city by December 6th after a long battle with City Council over rules surrounding transportation network companies.
The City chased the company out of town last year after they launched without adhering to certain regulations including having the right type of insurance, background checks and vehicle inspections.
That type of insurance wasn’t available in Alberta at the time and although the city argued that they would be operating illegally without it, Uber started up anyway.
This led the city to launch a sting operation on Uber by hiring criminals to infiltrate their background check system which allowed them to get an injunction against Uber to stop them from operating until they followed the city’s rules. Under the old rules, TNC’s were required to pay hefty fees both upfront and on a per kilometre basis, undergo background checks and stringent vehicle inspections. Uber said the rules were unworkable, especially for their part time drivers.
Now the city says they’ll lift the injunction and have made some changes to the rules that will be more favourable to Uber and its drivers.
This is of course, under the condition that the company pay the fees and costs of approximately $20,000, related to the injunction. It looks like Uber and freedom have won for now and Calgarians will be able to enjoy the freedom of a cheaper ride sharing service.
Having had a chance to take an Uber in Toronto recently, I found it clean, affordable and efficient.
Once Calgarians take a ride in an Uber, they’ll never go back to taking a taxi again despite the backlash from the Mayor and city councillors.