Smart Regulations for Ridesharing in Edmonton

In the coming month, we expect the City of Edmonton to release draft recommendations on ridesharing regulations. This is an exciting development where Edmonton has the opportunity to show leadership.

As a Canadian court recently ruled, ridesharing is a new business model. Any new legislation that is adopted will shape the ability of companies like Uber to continue to operate and offer additional transportation options that are safe, affordable and reliable. These new regulations will also impact how ridesharing services can create new driver partner jobs. In less than a year since our launch, there are more than 2,000 Edmontonians who have partnered with Uber at various times to earn a living and support their families.

An Open Dialogue

We believe in transparency, so we’ll be publishing a series of blog posts in the coming weeks to provide our views on smart regulations for ridesharing.

Over 51 jurisdictions in the U.S. and in a growing number of municipalities and countries across the world, regulators have adopted an increasingly common regulatory model that creates a new category of business license for companies like Uber. We’ve shared examples of these regulations with the the City and we welcome any additional opportunity for engagement and collaboration in the City’s current draft bylaw process.

These new regulations set requirements for background check processes, insurance and vehicle inspections. They follow certain key principles that embrace the benefits of new technology, allow flexibility for further innovation, and provide regulators with the ability to ensure and audit compliance.

Key Principles

Our belief is that smart regulations are aligned on the principles of safety, reliability, and accessibility. We’ve been urging the adoption of a smart regulatory framework for ridesharing since our arrival in Edmonton. There are now close to 50,000 Edmontonians who ride with Uber and as that number grows by thousands each week, finding a permanent regulatory solution has become more important than ever.

In our view, regulations should protect public safety–this is crucial–but, they should not be used to protect industries resistant to change. Simply trying to impose a legacy regulatory framework onto the new sharing economy will not work, as it will only burden it with the same problems that technology is now capable of solving.

Smart Regulations

For our next update on smart regulations, we’ll tackle the subject of safety and ridesharing specifically, and discuss what practises and regulations best ensure safety for riders and drivers.

We appreciated all the support our riders and drivers have shown us in recent months and we look forward to keeping you informed.

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