The Saskatchewan Taxi Cab Association is urging the province to lay down the rules for ride sharing services.
The organizations’ concern stems from the recent Speech from the Throne, in which plans to introduce legislation regarding the permission of ride sharing services to operate in Saskatchewan were announced.
Carlo Triolo is the General Manager for United Cabs Group based out of Saskatoon.
He says taxi cabs and ride sharing services (like Uber) aren’t too different.
“You can still request a taxi by phone, you can still pay by cash, you can still have an account and pay by voucher slips,” he says.
Triolo says they also haven’t been as innovative as they claim.
“Seven years ago, they professed to have a new way of doing that, via an app instead of phone calls,” he says. ” But that was seven years ago. Today, taxis have apps.”