Uber returns to Calgary

Uber’s long awaited return to Calgary is now official. The ride hailing company is returning to the city at 2 p.m. today under the new regulations created by the council. Uber has been absent from the market for months as it attempted to strike a balance with local authorities.

“This is a tool for the future of mobility in this city,” said Coun. Evan Woolley at a news conference organized by Uber.

The way that people are getting around is changing rapidly.”

Uber proved to be popular in Calgary even when the company was unregulated. Woolley says there are 100,000 Calgarians signed up to use Uber.

The company had pulled out of the city earlier in the year as it did not agree with regulations drawn up in a bylaw to accommodate ride-hailing companies. However, the government decided to amend the bylaw and change the fee structure to accommodate Uber. This tactic angered taxi drivers who pointed to smaller ride-sharing companies that had adopted the bylaw.

Either way, Uber was accepted back into the city under a new fee structure including an annual TNC fee of $5,000 to $20,000, depending on the size of the company’s driver roster, plus fees of $15 per driver and 20 cents per trip.

Here is how the TNC fee scale breaks down:

  • 1 to 100 drivers: $5,000
  • 101 to 500 drivers: $10,000
  • 501 to 1,000 drivers: $15,000
  • 1,001 drivers or more: $20,000

“This has been a long time coming. A lot of work has gone into this,” Woolley said.

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