The Saskatchewan Taxi Cab Association is concerned the the Saskatchewan government's decision to introduce legislation that could bring ridesharing services into the province.
STCA spokesperson Shondra Boire, says they welcome fair and open competition but until the specific regulations are made public, they are concerned that the playing field is tilted in the favour of ridesharing services.
The Association would like these companies to be considered taxis and therefore they would have to meet the same licensing requirements. Boire says there are questions around safety inspections, insurance rates, what level of driver certification is required, wheelchair accessibility, and will these companies have to pay Saskatchewan taxes, among others.
Meanwhile, Saskatoon's Director of Corporate Services Shelley Sutherland says it's still important to consider the taxi industry, "It's important to the taxi industry, that a level playing field be established for, um, new services coming in. Looking at the level playing field would be part of the discussion around how the regulations will be formatted."
Two taxi proposals are to add 40 to 50 more cabs on the street, or to provide licenses to add taxis during periods of high demand.