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Waterloo is considering cracking down on Uber with a proposed bylaw that could make it the first municipality in Ontario to regulate the company.

New bylaws under consideration by council would put it well ahead of Toronto, which failed with more heavy-handed tactics - seeking a court injunction to shut it down - earlier this year.

The bylaws could force ride-sharing service drivers to apply for a region-issued taxi licence.

Before they hit the road, those drivers would also have to prove they have commercial auto insurance covering up to $2 million in damages, a closed-circuit monitoring system that records the driver and passengers, and a GPS.

"We just feel the basic underlying principle is that if you are going to provide a service within our community and you are going to get a fee for it, you should be regulated," said Waterloo's director of council and administrative services, Kris Fletcher.

Uber has long skirted regulation while operating several classes of service, including Uber X, which involves average folk driving customers in their personal vehicles.

Mexico City and Illinois have successfully reined in the company with restrictions, but earlier this summer, a judge quashed the City of Toronto's request for an injunction to shut Uber down.

Waterloo's proposed measures will renew the debate over regulating the company's services, by labeling those operating vehicles for ride-sharing companies and limousines as "auxiliary taxi" drivers.

Though considered separate from traditional cab operators, auxiliary taxi drivers in Waterloo would still be subject to annual licence renewals, sensitivity training, regular vehicle and system inspections, and limits on how long a driver may drive per day without a rest period.

In a statement provided to the Star, Uber Canada spokesperson Susie Heath said the company is "encouraged by the direction that the draft bylaw is headed."

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Waterloo bylaw's provisions

Regular Taxis:

  • have meters
  • can hail or flag stops
  • obtain new licences issued by lottery, with a cap on the number of licences available
  • are required to make 7 per cent of company fleets accessible by 2017 and 10 per cent by 2022
  • must have regular vehicle, trip record, and in-car systems inspections
  • must carry commercial vehicle liability insurance, GPS and closed circuit television system

Auxiliary Taxis, including Uber X and limos:

  • any taxi without a meter
  • cannot hail or flag stops
  • have no cap on licences available and no lottery to obtain a licence
  • have no accessibility requirements
  • must have regular vehicle, trip record, and in-car systems inspections
  • must carry commercial vehicle liability insurance, GPS and closed circuit television system
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Hey TC
"Waterloo is considering" is not breaking news. Cmon man don't do that. After it is passed in council, then make the post that way. Had me thinking that Loo town was miles ahead of Hogtown.
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Waterloo is considering cracking down on Uber with a proposed bylaw that could make it the first municipality in Ontario to regulate the company.
The story, as reported by CBC on August 13 was posted on UberPeople.net by @momo14.at https://uberpeople.net/threads/wate...te-ride-sharing-in-ontario.32018/#post-414882. The Toronto Star story as quoted above by TopCat has more detail.

As I wrote in momo14's thread, if this bylaw could convince Uber to provide real commercial insurance that protected drivers, passengers and the public for the entire app-on time and if companies offering personal insurance would accept this hybrid insurance model, then it would be a positive development on the insurance issue. And hopefully the driver's phone would count as the GPS and a dashcam would count as the closed circuit television system and Uber already has a trip log.
 

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Hey TC
Had me thinking that Loo town was miles ahead of Hogtown.
Actually, Waterloo Region is actually ahead of Toronto on this one as they have a proposed bylaw that is open for discussion whereas Toronto it just planning to start discussing the issue in September.
 

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Have any drivers been charged in Waterloo or the K/W area yet?
 

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Had to take the cab the other day and, ironically, the driver told me that the entire class of cabbies sleeps at this "sensitivity trainings" that they have to take every so often.

Most of them take night shifts and then go to class the next day before hitting the road again.

The break down he also gave me of how much money they pay to these literally regulator- bureacrats was pretty astonishing too.

All in all, it all proved to me once again that everybody lose, cabbies, Uber drivers and clients, the public at large etc, except these bureaucrat folks and their buddies like Karyganis, with what's going on; however, who are, indeed, the roots of the problem not doing their jobs properly.
 

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You have to lay most of the blame on Uber too. They get the award for being most disruptive and manipulating everyone in their path. When opening in Toronto, they had already gone through this exercise hundreds of times all around the world. Opening in places like Bogota, Sao Paolo, Abu Dabi, Beruit, Mumbai, Ho Chi Minh City, the list goes on; each one a training lesson. They just walked in to TO and did what they wanted with total disregard.
 
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