TORONTO – A sly move by the City of Toronto will allow Uber to legally operate outside of the constrictions levelled against taxi companies.
It’s issuing the ride-hailing company a “private transportation company” license, putting it in a separate category from taxis and limos.
With the new licence, Toronto will begin to screen Uber drivers, including criminal background checks and driving record checks.
Transportation expert David Duval tells Winnipeg’s Morning News it could provide a blue print for Uber to move into other cities, including ours.
“I think it’s moving things in that direction of slightly deregulating this particular industry. This is an industry that has been around for decades. It’s asking us to think about the regulation of these kinds of transportation companies.”
Right now, the Taxi Act in Manitoba is being reviewed. No word how that may shake out.
The taxi lobby here has been very vocal in its opposition to Uber.