Is it necessary for government to regulate EVERYTHING in this world?
The City of Oshawa has just regulated the Designated Driving services that have found success in their land over the last decade or so. They nearly brought in a bylaw back in 2008 that would required drivers to obtain commercial insurance, but the protest by DD companies was so great that the idea was quashed.
How does the DD approach work?
You have a few (dozens) of drinks, and make the right choice by calling a DD company. Two people are sent to your location. One of those individuals drives you home, while the other follows in their “chase car”, ensuring that the designated driver has lift after the trip has been completed.
Rates can be as low as $25 for in-town missions.
On November 30th, Oshawa passed the new bylaw that requires DDs to submit to a criminal background check, provide a medical clearance letter, a driver’s abstract, G licence paperwork, partnership with a DD broker, and be at least 25 years of age.
Oshawa will also get their taste – a $150 licensing fee.
Why have taxis in Oshawa pushed hard for regulation? Some of the chase car operators have illegally acted like a taxi, picking up passengers and ferrying them places like any cabbie would.
Robyn Urback provides more on this issue HERE in the National Post.