A committee is to be formed in Mississauga, tasked with developing a one year pilot project which would allow ride sharing services like Uber to operate in the city, alongside traditional taxi cabs.
City council voted 8 to 4 in favour of forming the committee on Wednesday afternoon, just weeks after a vote to ban UberX in the city.
In this new vote, council opted to let enforcement staff handle UberX, which operates outside existing taxi licensing, on a case-by-case basis by ticketing drivers.
The city has so far handed out some 300 tickets at around $25,000 each, with some challenged in court.
It will be comprised of two Councillors, while it will also feature a representative from the taxi industry, a representative from a transit network company, such as Uber, and a citizen representative.
The committee will work with enforcement staff to develop a report with recommendations, with the draft to be ready in time for the 2016 general committee meeting on June 29th.
Speaking of the decision, Mayor Bonnie Crombie said that ”the rise and popular demand of TNCs has presented new challenges for communities across Canada. These challenges are felt by consumers, companies and workers in Mississauga.
Crombie added that ”we want the taxi industry and TNC representatives at the table and to be full partners in this committee that is tasked with developing a made in Mississauga pilot program to regulate TNCs, she also says that the pilot progam ”is an opportunity to bring both sides together and to allow us to test drive ride sharing companies like UberX in Mississauga, on our terms.”
The news comes after a poll by Forum Research found that nearly half of Mississauga voters disapprove of the city’s decision to ban Uber.