A proposal to draft a ride sharing by-law has received the blessing of a majority of Common Council. Councillor Greg Norton is the driver behind the motion – and – he says it’s not really about Uber and Lyft. He says it’s questionable whether one of those established businesses would actually begin operations. Norton says some local business people have expressed interest in establishing ride sharing services.
Both Deputy Mayor Shirley McAlary and Councillor Blake Armstrong argued the timing is not right with the taxi industry suffering thanks to the pandemic. Both voted against the motion.
City Manager John Collin says the proposed by-law is included the 2021 Operational Plan – and – a proposed by-law will be presented to council before the end of the year.
Meantime – council last night approved a change in taxi regulations the industry to use vehicles up to eight years of age.