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Sudbury prepares for the arrival of Uber

Draft bylaw governing rideshare service should be ready in late summer

Uber is coming to Greater Sudbury, so the city needs to have rules in place to regulate the rideshare service, as well as making sure existing taxi companies can compete.That was the sentiment Tuesday as city councillors gave staff permission to develop a rideshare bylaw, based on the results of consultation with the public, taxi companies and Uber.Unlike traditional cabs, Uber customers use a smartphone app to arrange rides, and fares are variable depending on demand. The bylaw aims to allow taxi companies to use similar technologies to connect with customers, and would impose fare and other standards on Uber. It would mirror efforts by other cities in Canada to regulate the industry, said city clerk Caroline Hallsworth.

“This model is heavily based on what other municipalities are doing,” Hallsworth said.

Ward 7 Coun. Mike Jakubo said while he’s concerned about the impact on local taxi companies, many residents in outlying communities can’t get cabs because they are concentrated on serving more populated areas. Uber could change that.

“Ridesharing is the way of the future,” Jakubo said. “It is going to show up on our doorstep … We have to do what we can to welcome ridesharing into this city.”

He wants the bylaw to strike a balance between allowing taxis to compete and bringing service to areas that need it.

“If there are any tweaks that need to be done, it’s well within the purview of this council to make those tweaks,” Jakubo said.

Read more here: www.northernlife.ca/news/localNews/2016/03/23-uber-bylaw-prep-sudbury.aspx