A request for a Ride Sharing Bylaw that would clear the way for services like Uber and Lyft is on the agenda for tonight’s Common Council meeting. Councillor Greg Norton is presenting a motion stating “Common Council direct the City Manager to immediately present for consideration a draft by-law regulating ride-sharing services in the City of Saint John.”
Norton has been a proponent of the services and is making his move thanks to recent changes to the provincial Motor Vehicle Act defining ride sharing and requiring municipalities to have specific ride sharing by-laws in place.
Ironically – Norton’s motion comes on the same night council is being asked to make changes to the Taxi By-law that would allow vehicles up to 8-years of age to be used as taxis. That is an increase of one year from current regulations. City staff note the new age limit is on par with Moncton but two years older than what is allowed in Fredericton.