Mississauga may be on it’s way to being the first city in the GTA to regulate Uber and other ride-hailing services when council meets next week.
Both the taxi industry and Uber not keen on the potential regulations.
City staff are recommending a separate category of licence that would require Uber drivers to get background checks, driver training, obtain taxi equivalent insurance and proof of vehicle inspections every six months.
Fares for Uber rides would not be regulated but traditional cab companies would be allowed to set any price through their apps allowing them to compete with Uber’s “surge” pricing which charges more during peak user demand.
A major issue for the taxi industry is the cap on the number of vehicles allowed for service, with Uber and other companies not restricted in the number of vehicles they can operate.
It’s expected Councillors will begin the debate on Wednesday.