Rideshare companies are soon coming to Saskatchewan.
The province approved ridesharing regulations that would allow rideshare companies to start operations on December 14th.
Minister responsible for SGI Joe Hargrave said the reason for the delay in this legislation was consultation with all groups involved.
“We just wanted to continue to go back and meet with the various groups as late as (Wednesday) quite honestly,” Hargrave said. “We were still talking to the taxi association, we were still talking to people (involved in the industry), those groups, everybody wanted to be heard, and they wanted to be heard right at the last minute.”
Hargrave said the plan was to produce this legislation early in the fall session.
“I would have preferred to do this two-three months ago, but I just didn’t want to rush it,” Hargrave said. “We wanted to make sure those consultations, and we took everybody’s thoughts and processes into consideration in doing it and I think they’re all grateful for that. Not everybody might be with happy with exactly how it worked out, but I think they’re very pleased that we were listening to them right until the end.”
However, SGI critic Carla Beck said the legislation is very late compared to when the government said it would be coming.
“This is something that we were expecting this fall at some point for the regulations to come out,” Beck said. “At this point we await reaction from the existing industry, from the taxi industry and from the public.”
Before rideshare services officially open up, city councils will need to introduce their own bylaws surrounding the service, meaning the province likely won’t see the likes of uber or lyft until early 2019.