The framework for an Uber pilot program in Mississauga is still up for debate in the city as the council, taxi industry, and Uber continue to meet to thrash out the details. The city is trying to find the best way to fold ride-sharing companies like Uber into the local transportation infrastructure.
Mississauga says it has looked to similar programs in both Anchorage and Detroit, with a view to implementing vehicle caps on limits within the city where Uber can operate.
Pilot program recommendations:
TNCs be required to enter into an agreement with the City outlining the requirements of the pilot in terms of licensing requirements and training; operating conditions; fleet size restrictions; rate setting; vehicle/markings; and data submission requirements for trip origin and destination, trip volumes and response times
The TNC pilot program be implemented on a one-year trial basis for TNC ride sharing service
The TNC will be required to obtain a TNC pilot project license, which will include a one-time licensing fee, fee per registered driver and per trip fees for trips originating in Mississauga. TNC drivers participating in the pilot will not be licensed by the city.
Trips originating in Malton and trips offered by accessible TNC vehicles will be exempt from per trip fees due to lack of service options as noted in a consultant report
License requirements for TNC drivers will be the same as for taxi and limo drivers including screening, criminal record searchers, driver abstract requirements and insurance requirements
TNC drivers will be required to have a valid GST/HST registration number
The TNC will regulate its drivers to municipal standards and the municipality will audit for compliance
TNC driver trailing will be approved by municipality, provided by TNC and subject to municipal audit
TNC vehicles must use an app which calculates fares based on distance travelled and the rate must be clear and transparent
TNC drivers are not permitted to accept street hails
A maximum of 47 TNC drivers and vehicles participating in the pilot program for regular service vehicles
Minimum of 10 vehicles participating in pilot must be fully accessible
A small decal will be required for enforcement purposes to identify approved TNC vehicles
TNC vehicles must seat four passengers, including the driver and must be 10 years old or newer