By Gisele Shaw
Tuesday, December 13, 2016 12:00 pm ·  2 Comments
At last night’s meeting, Monday, December 12, 2016 Town Council approved a new licensing by-law allowing Transportation Network Companies (TNC) to operate legally in Oakville. The new regulations focus on health and safety as well as consumer protection, to ensure residents have safe, reliable and consistent transportation options when travelling in Oakville.
“We know that the app-based technology used by companies like UBER is here to stay, and that many Oakville residents already use these services,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “This new by-law ensures proper oversight of these services while addressing both community and consumer needs.”
The new by-law comes after a year of extensive research, best practice reviews of other municipal regulations, and public and stakeholder consultation to determine appropriate licensing options for TNCs. Oakville joins other cities in the province including Niagara Region, Ottawa, Toronto, and Waterloo Region to enact TNC licensing by-laws.
The town’s licensing framework places accountability on TNCs to ensure that any driver using their platform is operating in compliance with the town’s by-law. Regulations include:
With these regulations in place for TNCs, town staff will continue to assess the impact of ridesharing services on the taxi cab industry and will present a new taxi by-law to Council for consideration in 2018.
For more information on this new by-law, review the staff report in the December 5, 2016 Administrative Services Committee agenda and is item 10 on the agenda. Click on the title: Transportation Network Company Licensing By-law 2016-083 in the agenda and the links to the support materials will be shown on the right side of the page on oakville.ca.