After a long wait, the City of Toronto has confirmed that it has now issued Uber with a Private Transportation Company license. The city has been dragging its feet on the matter, but now issued describes the license as a first of its kind in Canada.
As we reported earlier in the month, Toronto had still not started to regulate Uber despite finding a legal pathway to do so:
“In a rather embarrassing twist, the ride-sharing giant is still operating without regulations in Canada’s largest city. Toronto has been among the most proactive municipalities when it comes to trying to push regulations for ride-share companies. Of course, the city, like others in Canada, was greatly opposed to Uber operating illegally and tried to close the company out of the city.
But in terms of seeking regulations, Toronto’s council has known for some time that the sharing economy is too good to pass up.
However, 2016 has seen the city slowly find a solution to how to regulate Uber. As has been the case elsewhere in the country, the regulations created were not accepted by the taxi industry, and were treated cautiously by Uber. However, the company did agree to them and should now be operating within the guidelines of the bylaw.
Instead, Toronto’s dithering over a TCN license means Uber drivers are still unregulated and probably uninsured. The regulations state there should be a minimum $2-million commercial liability insurance coverage, vehicle standards and condition requirements.”
Now that Uber as a PTC license, the company’s drivers can start being screen for individual PTC driver licenses when they wish to work for the UberX service. This screening process will include criminal background checks, vehicle inspections, and checking for proper auto insurance coverage.
Last month, Intact Insurance launched its Uber car insurance policy in Ontario, after previously rolling it out in Alberta. Aviva Canada also has a policy available to drivers with more limitations. The barriers in front of Uber and legality are now gone, so this is the time when we will see if drivers will comply with laws and whether the company will help enforce regulations.