During Tuesday’s sitting of the Legislature, the Saskatchewan government passed the Vehicle For Hire Act.
This legislation opens the door for ride sharing services like Uber, Lyft and others to begin operation in the province.
Lyft spokesperson Matt Patton characterized this as a big step forward for the company and Saskatchewan.
“We’re pleased also to work with municipalities and SGI throughout the rest of the process,” he said.
(Lyft, at time of publication, is only in operation in two Canadian markets, Toronto and Ottawa.)
However, before anything gets going on that front, issues of greater prevalence need to be addressed first, notably insurance. As it stands now, Minister Responsible for SGI Joe Hargrave said the cost of ensuring a taxi for the year comes out to about $5000.
One of the things that needs to be determined more clearly, the Minister noted, will be just how exactly drivers for the services will be insured.
“It would depend on their kilometres, how much they are driving. Right now, your personal insurance is probably around $1000 if you have a fairly clean driving record.”
Hargrave made sure to add that it’s not yet known whether the kilometres will be monitored on a monthly basis.