The new year could bring ride sharing companies to the city.
Earlier in the week, the Saskatchewan Government announced ride sharing regulations would allow companies to begin operating by December 14th.
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For this to be on the table for Regina is a good thing, according to the city’s mayor.
“Competition breeds excellence and the taxi has to evolve and understand that,” said Michael Fougere. “But, at the same time, as much as possible, we have to have a level playing field.”
This is not a matter that’s received complete support, as loud opposition to the approved regulations has been voiced by the Saskatchewan Taxi Cab Association.
“The taxi industry has made it very clear they’re concerned and why they’re concerned,” said Fougere. “They can speak best for themselves, but I do know they want a have a level playing field with things like cameras in the car, inspections, background checks and technology.”
City Hall wants to approve the budget, set to be presented on Monday, before getting dealing with ride sharing regulations, which Fougere will be done at some point in the new year.