Cab companies anxious for City action on Uber regulation

UBER AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Summary Cab companies anxious for City action on Uber regulation by News Staff Posted Nov 4, 2015 6:28 pm MDT Associated’s Richard: Uber is a bullyCalgary United’s Gill: Our hands are tied Calgary cab companies say the battle with Uber isn’t about competition, but rather fairness.Uber launched in Calgary on October 15 and last Friday, the City of Calgary announced it would be moving forward with covert enforcement of its drivers, although passengers cannot be faced with fines or penalties.That’s until the City comes up with a bylaw to regulate the service and later this month, city council will be hearing options on how that could work.Until then, cab companies say their hands are tied because unlike Uber drivers operating without a business license, they’re still mandated on everything from fare to how many vehicles can go on the road.“The only thing we ask is that everybody does the same thing,” said Associated Cabs President Roger Richard. “If everybody starts doing whatever they want, you’d have nothing but chaos.”“In the meantime, they’re an illegal taxi operation.”Calgary United Cabs President Rupi Gill echoes that sentiment.“Anybody can come and run a company, if they’re not going to follow the bylaw, that’s not fair for us,” Gill said, adding even if they wanted to adjust by lowering their rates, they still need approval from the City, which Uber doesn’t.He said the wait is on what the City’s Livery Transport Services is going to do.“Then we go from there,” he said. “Right now our hands are tied so we have to go through the bylaw, we can’t do much about it”Richard said he’s waiting to see what kind of enforcement the City is doing, although the head of Bylaw Services has said they aren’t going to release numbers of infractions.“When they make a bylaw or law, they have an obligation and a responsibility to enforce it,” he said. “Until those rules change, we have to follow it.”“Uber is a bully, they don’t believe in laws or bylaws.”After the City announced its enforcement measures last week, Uber released the following statement.“”As we saw from recent court rulings in Alberta and Ontario, Uber is a unique business that is distinct from taxi. We believe that a regulatory solution is the best path forward. A recent poll indicated 85% of Calgarians support having the opportunity to experience Uber while regulations are being considered. We remain committed to working with City Council and staff to establish a permanent regulatory framework for ridesharing in Calgary.”With files from Ian Campbell read more