Mayor unconvinced ride sharing on the way

A Checker and Family Taxi waits for a customer outside of Gateway Mall in Prince Albert. -- Herald file photo.

Prince Albert Mayor Greg Dionne says the city is looking for clarification around the new provincial ride sharing legislation introduced on Nov. 30.

The new legislation, which provides a framework for licensing and insurance agreements, also leaves the door wide open for cities to create their own bylaws governing ride sharing companies.

Dionne said he wants more details on the province’s plans before the city starts debating new laws.

“We’ve asked them exactly what they’ve done and how they’ve ordered it and what they’re covering,” he explained. “They have to be licensed the same, insured the same, but I also want to know what else they do.”

Although he wants more information, Dionne doesn’t expect ride sharing services like Uber and Lyft will be big players in Prince Albert. With a population of less than 40,000 people, he’s not sure the demand will be that high. Regardless, he said the city is already making plans.

“We don’t want to reinvent the wheel,” he said. “We would look at other cities that have (ride sharing) and have put rules into effect that have worked successfully.”

Prince Albert’s taxi drivers aren’t overly concerned about the arrival of rideshare competitors either.

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