Uber to become legal in Ottawa as of September
Published Wednesday, April 13, 2016 2:41PM EDT
Last Updated Wednesday, April 13, 2016 3:34PM EDT
It’s now official. Ottawa City Council voted today in favour of legalizing Uber in the Capital under new vehicle-for-hire regulations coming this fall.
Today’s vote comes after two days of heated discussion at City Hall last week around changes to Ottawa’s taxi bylaw.
Council voted that all taxi and Uber drivers will have to have at least $2 million in liability insurance. Uber drivers and other ride-sharing services will not be required to have cameras in their vehicles – something the taxi industry had been advocating for.
The city will also drop the $1.50 fee for taxi customers to pay using a debit or credit card.
The new licensing system comes into effect on September 30. Uber has been operating in Ottawa illegally since October 2014. The company has said it will continue operations in Ottawa until the new rules kick in in the fall.
More to come.