Legislation has been introduced by the Wall government that will allow ride-sharing companies such as Uber to establish their businesses in Saskatchewan.
The provincial government revealed in October’s throne speech that a law would be coming in this regard, not only to give people another transportation option but to also provide another choice to get home safely after drinking.
“The fight against impaired driving is a priority for our government, and Saskatchewan people have told us this will provide another option for them to get home safely,” Minister responsible for Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) Joe Hargrave said in a news release.
“This legislation provides a framework for licensing and insurance, sets out appropriate safeguards for the public, and gives municipalities the authority to determine the right public transportation mix for their communities.”
Introduced Thursday, the Vehicles For Hire Act sets out a number of items for what the government is calling “transportation network companies.”
These companies must file written evidence of a motor vehicle liability insurance policy with a minimum limit of $1 million. The company must ensure each vehicle used under The Automobile Accident Insurance Act. Mandatory criminal record checks are required for drivers. As well, drivers will need a special class of licence.
Cities and towns will also be able to craft their own municipality-specific bylaws to govern ride sharing companies.
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