Saskatchewan introduces bill to bring in ride hailing services such as Uber

Ride-hailing vehicles would require a minimum of $1 million in liability insurance

Saskatchewan may soon see ride-hailing services such as Uber.

Minister for Saskatchewan Government Insurance, Joe Hargrave, introduced proposed legislation Thursday to allow companies to provide a vehicle and driver for pre-arranged transportation through a digital platform or app.

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Minister Responsible for SGI Joe Hargrave says the concerns raised when it comes to taxi companies paying more to operate can be explained on the number of hours they are open for business.

The proposed legislation will require the ride-hailing company to show it has a minimum of $1 million in liability insurance and every vehicle used must be insured.

Municipalities will be able to make bylaws that govern ride-hailing companies.

Drivers must have a criminal record check and a special class of driver’s licence.

“What brought on this legislation was our strong desire to put another option out there in the battle against impaired driving,” Hargrave said.

“These people will be there when the bars close, it gives people another option to pick so they don’t have to make that wrong decision to drive home impaired.”

Ramit Kar, general manager of Uber for Western Canada, says companies like his provide a number of services.

“Number 1, it’s a safe alternative for people to get home after a night out on the town. Number 2, it’s a great earning opportunity for those that are looking to make a little bit of supplemental income.”

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