Saskatchewan is closer to seeing drivers from companies such as Uber and Lyft on the roads with the province’s announcement of rules for ride-sharing services.
On the last day of the legislative session, the provincial government announced the official regulations to go along with ride-sharing legislation first introduced in November 2017.
SGI developed the provincial framework of safety regulations following consultations with the taxi industry, police agencies and ride-sharing companies.
Drivers offering ride-sharing services will be required to pass annual criminal record checks and have their vehicles inspected every year.
Ride-sharing, taxi or limo drivers will have the option of holding either a commercial Class 1-4 licence or a regular Class 5 licence.
Ride-share drivers who hold only a Class 5 licence must maintain a safe driving record and must have less than 12 demerit points under the insurer’s Driver Improvement Program in the last two years and no impaired driving-related suspensions in the last 10 years.
Ride-sharing companies will have to hold a minimum of $1 million liability coverage for all affiliated drivers and vehicles.
The regulations will take effect on Dec. 14. It will be up to cities and towns to pass their own bylaws surrounding the new industry.
The legislation has been applauded by advocates with groups like Mothers Against Drunk Driving because it provides another option to get a safe ride home.
“Saskatchewan has some of the strongest impaired driving legislation in the country, but in addition to having effective legislation and strong penalties, it is crucial to ensure the availability of safe, convenient and reliable transportation options,” MADD Canada Regional Manager Michelle Okere said in a news release.
Minister Responsible for SGI Joe Hargrave echoed those hopes saying ride-sharing should provide more options for getting around the province and planning safe rides home when you may be impaired.
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