The City of Saskatoon is starting to look at their options when it comes to ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft.
Legislation was introduced in the Saskatchewan legislature today to set out a framework for licensing and insurance for transportation network companies, requiring them to ensure vehicles are insured and criminal record checks are mandatory for all drivers. In a report to next Tuesday's Transportation Committee meeting, the city says drivers of ride sharing services will need a class 4 license. The city also notes that municipalities will be responsible for designating "standards and requirements" for the vehicles being driven through ride sharing companies. The city adds that they will need to work on establishing a level playing field for companies like Uber and taxi companies. A survey in October and November on ride-sharing services found 55% of Saskatonians who don't take taxis are concerned about the cost to take a cab. That number rises to 71% among young adults. The survey also notes 90% of respondents would use something like Uber if it was available in Saskatoon.