Saskatoon inches closer to setting ride-hailing rules
Taxi owners, drivers want a 'level playing field' with Uber, Lyft drivers
Taxis and their owners want ride-hailing services to play by the same set of rules as they do, with a few notable exceptions.
Saskatoon's standing committee on transportation decided Wednesday Uber and Lyft drivers should not be allowed to stop at taxi stands.
And unlike taxis, they would not be allowed to pick up passengers who simply hail them from the street.
They would, however, have to charge the same $3.75 base fare — known as the drop — as cabs.
"If they don't want a camera, I want the administration to bring forward recommendations on what they do have to meet," said Donauer.
Conflicts a possibility: councillor
He said he's also concerned about potential conflicts between ride-hailing services and taxi drivers.
"That may sound ludicrous but when the situation at the airport changed, we had conflict and that's not uncommon in North America," said Donauer. "I don't want either one of these industries to be a target."
Taxi drivers currently have to submit criminal record checks to the city each year, and pay $375 to obtain a licence. Ride-hailing companies, however, would pay a flat fee to obtain city business permits for their fleet.
City officials initially suggested $25,000 for a fleet of more than 50 cars, but council members suggested they aim higher.
He's asked city officials to consider the cost of regulating all vehicles for hire, and report back with suggested licensing fees that cover the city's costs.
Concerns about service animals raised
The mayor also wants more clarity on how ride-hailing companies will serve people with disabilities.
"We want to make sure people aren't being left on the curb in minus 40 or being driven by because of a service animal," said Ashley Nemeth, one of an estimated 1,600 visually-impaired people in Saskatoon.
The committee's recommendations now go before all council members at their next meeting, on July 23.