Mississauga could be the first city in Ontario to legalize ride-sharing services

Ian Hardy

February 29, 2016 12:53pm

March 2nd could be a historic day in Ontario.

On Wednesday, councillors from the city of Mississauga are set to debate a recent report that advocates the city make ride-sharing services legal.

The report, titled “Taxi Plate Issuance Model Review,” says councillors could modernize the city’s transportation businesses by introducing a new licensing category that imposes “equal regulation” on ride-sharing services.

“The widespread use of smartphones has led to the development of internet-based services that directly connect passengers and drivers. These internet-based transportation services are being offered by firms that are described as “transportation network companies” (TNCs),” says the report. “These services have proved popular.”

While Uber has faced numerous uphill battles in Toronto, mainly from taxi companies and select councillors, its popularity continues to rise. The ride-sharing service continues to launch a variety of different services, including UberPool, UberHop, UberEats, UberAssist, and Uber Ice Cream.

In response, Toronto taxi companies disrupted major transportation arteries throughout the city when they decided to hold a strike last December. The City of Toronto is expected to announce its own set of revised ride-sharing regulations in April.

In the meantime, all eyes will be on Mississauga and Mayor Bonnie Crombie.

  • wildting2

    Time to ride uber to Square One eh?

  • Allan

    Make Uber drivers pay licensing fees…problem solved.

    • Even if they did, someone would still complain. Either it would be too little to please the taxi industry or too much for the Uber drivers.

      Nothing is ever that simple.

    • Allan

      Alright…then remove licensing fees for taxis.

      Oh wait, politicians would starve to death. Nevermind.

    • if we did things like that our country would starve to death, not just politicians.

    • Andrew_notPorC

      Only if they made the number of taxi licenses unlimited…

  • Me

    I was on the side of Uber up until today. They got legalized in Edmonton and when the government asked them to have the driver’s license that allows you to pick up people for money, they started complaining and are now threatening to leave. I’m sorry but as good as the service is for competition and consumers, they’ve proved they don’t want to follow any rules whatsoever and basically proved people against them were right.

    • Brad Fortin

      I thought it was pretty universal knowledge that Uber doesn’t like to play by the rules and that most of their staff (not contractors, proper Uber employees/executives) are jerks?

    • Me

      Fair enough. I agree that I should have known that before today.

  • Alain Lafond

    Uber does not respect rules if they don’t like it…. Do you expect Uber to comply this time?
    Problem is for far from being fixed…

  • Alain Lafond

    Plenty of Uber monkeys to spread those lies….

  • robinottawa

    STOP calling it ride-sharing. The joke is on you if you think it’s anything less than a ride-selling service.