Uber and other ride-sharing companies will be legal to operate in Ottawa from this Friday, provided their secure a license to work in the city. After that date, Uber drivers will be able to offer rides at the city’s airport after the company and the company that runs the airport made a deal.
At the moment, and for nearly two years, Uber has been operating illegally in Ottawa. While some drivers did work the airport, it was also dangerous ground because of taxi drivers and authorities. With regulations in place and Uber now legal, the company can work the airport as a normal company.
The airport explained its decision to make a deal as being in the interests of passengers.
“Because we’ve always offered our passengers choice, it made sense to include [Uber] in the offering, particularly because our passengers have been demanding it,” said Krista Kealey, vice president of communications and public affairs of the Ottawa Airport Authority, on Wednesday.
Ottawa was the first city in Ontario to pass a vehicle-for-hire bylaw. The city drew up regulations that would allow the ride-sharing fiant and other in the sector operate in Canada’s capital. The path was further cleared this summer when Intact Insurance debuted its auto insurance solution for Uber drivers.