Remember when Uber, the app based ride sharing company, was shut down on March 1 in Edmonton? They suspended operations at 6 am that morning.
Uber shut themselves down because the NDP didn’t make new specific ride hailing insurance available to Uber in time to meet the new City of Edmonton ride hailing bylaw conditions requiring that insurance. NDP Transportation Minister, Brian Mason, said the insurance wouldn’t be approved by Alberta’s superintendent of insurance until July 1.
But there is more to the story.
Two weeks later, another ride sharing company moved in, a company named TappCar. They are also app based. TappCar has a way around the insurance requirements for the City of Edmonton. They buy their driver’s personal vehicles for a dollar and then insure them under fleet insurance.