Uber fully legalized in Edmonton, the first Canadian city to do so

Daniel Bader

January 27, 2016 9:42pm

Uber is now fully legal in Edmonton, the first Canadian city to approve the service. In an eight to four decision that was delayed due to in-chamber protests by taxi drivers, the municipality agreed to let UberX drivers operate legally in the city premises starting March 1st.

The minimum price will be $3.25, which is a dollar lower than its Toronto equivalent. The council considered setting limits on surge pricing — the act of raising the price based on taxi supply and customer demand — but chose to wait until a future date to make that decision. Councillors expressed concerns that Uber would take advantage of Edmonton’s prodigious snowfalls.

Under the ruling, all UberX drivers need to have proper insurance, and Uber as a company must work with the province’s superintendent of insurance to come up with an appropriate policy.

Certainly a precedent-setting action, police say they will begin fining UberX drivers that don’t have the proper commercial insurance starting March 1st. Other Canadian cities, such as Toronto, have committed to creating a comprehensive bylaw that covers both regular taxis and ride sharing services like UberX.

SourceCBC
  • marshallpower

    But never a bad comment against UBER and those lawsuits from their own customers.

    • FlamesFan89

      I MUCH prefer the way this article is written, as opposed to what you are suggesting. This article is representative of how news SHOULD be delivered. Without bias, without tangents, without opinion. It is simply the facts of the story at hand. This isn’t a story about lawsuits, it is about Edmonton City Council’s decision, and the details therein.

      If, in a separate article, the writers choose to offer an opinion piece, that is welcomed as well, but it should be presented as an opinion piece.

    • marshallpower

      I’m not suggesting anything, the bias is to never write anything negative about them, it’s like making free publicity to a bunch of robbers. Oh maybe it’s not for free after all…I don’t care, just like nobody cares for anything anymore…shut up and take my money.

    • FlamesFan89

      weeeeeeelll that escalated quickly. I mean that really got out of hand!

      robbers. ha, that’s a good one.

    • marshallpower

      If you don’t know what I’m talking about, don’t talk about it man…charging 9 times more than usual on New Year’s eve is pure robbery. You see it for Robelus and Apple but not for Uber, I don’t care. Goodbye.

    • FlamesFan89

      You do realize that A) the price is staring you in the face, along with notification that it is above normal pricing, and that you have to actually agree to it before anything happens. B) Regardless of Uber’s pricing policies, taxis still exist. C) Regardless of Uber’s pricing, public transit still exists. D) Regardless of Uber’s pricing, friends and family with automobiles and driver’s licences still exist.

      In summary, if you don’t like the price of something, don’t purchase it. How is that Uber’s fault?

    • marshallpower

      Do you think you are learning me something, charging 500$ for a ride is just robbery, I better not see you blaming Apple for the same type of robbery.

    • FlamesFan89

      It’s not robbery if you have the choice to not purchase it. I don’t think you know what robbery is.

      The point is, there are a wide variety of options aside from Uber. So if you don’t like Uber, and you don’t like Uber’s pricing, don’t use Uber.

      As for Apple, I don’t fault them for charging the prices they do. They charge what the market will bear, and people are willing to pay it, so all the power to them. That said, I think for a number of their products, the consumers are silly to pay that price, but that’s not Apple’s fault, that’s the fault of the fool being parted from his money.

    • marshallpower

      hey guess what, let’s stay silent about everything in life, that way no company or government will ever be threatened by us. Bye now.

    • FlamesFan89

      Vote with your dollar, or is that too hard a concept to understand.

    • marshallpower

      Yeah UBER can vote with their dollar too by having ads like these on these websites…if customers are in court with UBER, it’s for a reason, we’ll see, I don’t care, I don’t use any taxi but I hate bias on websites like these.

    • FlamesFan89

      I find it hilarious that, on an article with a distinct LACK of bias, you are complaining about bias.

    • marshallpower

      What is hilarious is your lack of understanding since my first post. Promoting a bunch of robbers without mentioning it to the readers ever. Keep defending greedy companies if that’s your cup of tea.

    • FlamesFan89

      You really don’t know what the word “robber” means, or “promote” for that matter.

    • marshallpower

      Try the definition of blind sheep.

    • FlamesFan89

      Make sure you check out the grocery store flyers to look for sales on tin foil.

    • marshallpower

      I didn’t know you were that blind.

  • Seams they still have a few things to do to be legit.

  • Omar

    Uber’s owners are geniuses, finding a way to make billions without doing any of the actual work themselves.

    • bigshynepo

      eBay’s owners say “hello”.

    • TouchMyBox

      You mean the owners of any profitable company?

    • Lyndon Boychuk

      Almost better than the lottery corporations.

  • Sean

    We’ll have to see how proper the insurance will be. It may make driving for Uber prohibitive. It can get pretty high for some official commercial drivers.

  • Lyndon Boychuk

    It was a good day. But I expect a new wave of terrorism and car bombings are going to surface in Canada due to this.

    • ThisIsIt

      Seriously Lyndon…and why is that? Thank you for your prejudice and bigotry

    • Lyndon Boychuk

      You’re welcome. I’m a realist.

    • Rybone89

      When’s the last time an East Indian was behind a terrorist attack?

    • Lyndon Boychuk

      You’re right my bad…didn’t really pay attention to what I wrote before posting. My intention was to write middle easterner. Guess my dyslexia kicked in more than usual today lol.

    • ThisIsIt

      Yup I wouldn’t self proclaim realism…I would use another R word

    • Omar

      I except a new wave of xenophobic white people making comments like this. A lot of the people who are unwaveringly pro-Uber give off major racism vibes in their comments.