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Green Light for Taxi Changes?

Green Light for Taxi Changes?

Kate Jackman-Atkinson, myWestman

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The Uber logo is seen in front of protesting taxi drivers at the Montreal courthouse, on February 2, 2016. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz)

NEEPAWA, Man. — By the end of this year, the road may be paved for ride-sharing services, such as Uber, to operate legally within the province. On March 20, the provincial government introduced Bill 30, which will deregulate the industry and open the door for new players. In essence, the bill will dissolve the Manitoba Taxicab Board and move responsibility for regulation of vehicles for hire to municipal governments.

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Legislation Paves Way for Winnipeg, Municipalities to Oversee Uber

Legislation Paves Way for Winnipeg, Municipalities to Oversee Uber

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The Uber logo is seen in front of protesting taxi drivers at the Montreal courthouse, on February 2, 2016. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz)

WINNIPEG — Legislation introduced in Manitoba to modernize the vehicle-for-hire industry would put the responsibility of regulating ride-sharing and taxi services to local municipalities.

An independent report released in December 2016 by MNP recommended that Uber or Lyft be allowed to operate in the province.

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Report Recommends Winnipeg Adopt Uber, Add More Taxis to Streets

Report Recommends Winnipeg Adopt Uber, Add More Taxis to Streets

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A man leaves the headquarters of Uber in San Francisco on Dec. 16, 2014. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Eric Risberg)

WINNIPEG — A new report commissioned by the Manitoba Taxicab Board is recommending Uber be allowed to operate in Winnipeg.

An independent review of the taxi industry was launched in December 2015 by MNP under the direction of the former NDP government to consult the public and stakeholders on the future of the industry.

“The introduction of transportation network companies (TNCs), often called ‘ride-sharing’, has been a significant disruptor in this industry on a global basis. Uber is the most well-known of these companies,” the report states.

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Winnipeg Taxicab Industry Under Review

Winnipeg Taxicab Industry Under Review

By Sarah Klein

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(Taxicab image via Shutterstock)

Winnipeg’s taxicab services are under a comprehensive six-month review as launched by the Taxicab Board and the province.

Consulting firm MNP has been awarded the contract to review and provide recommendations for the future regulation and improvement of taxicab services in Winnipeg.

The review will focus on six key areas:

• Supply and demand for each class of taxi services;
• Fare structure and charges;
• Customer service, satisfaction and consumer protection;
• Safety, security and accessibility;
• New technologies and services; and
• Licensing requirements, standards, training and procedures.

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Uber Facing Uphill Battle to Make Indent on the Prairies

Uber Facing Uphill Battle to Make Indent on the Prairies

By Roger Currie

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An Uber driver sits in his car parked near the San Francisco International Airport parking area in San Francisco, Wednesday, July 15, 2015. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Jeff Chiu)
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Chris Schafer, public policy manager for Uber Canada, speaks at the Winnipeg Chamber Commerce on Wednesday, October 14, 2015 as Coun. Ross Eadie listens. (WINNIPEG CHAMBER OF COMMERCE)

A few thoughts about Uber, the ride-sharing service that has traditional taxi operators all in a flap. It’s a given that taxis are always easy to find, except when you really need them, like when it’s raining, or in the middle of the night after the buses have stopped running.

If you have a smartphone and are comfortable with social media, Uber is supposed to make it fast and easy to catch a ride, but there have been more than a few problems, and they’re fighting hard for acceptance.

This week we heard that the man responsible for Uber’s expansion into Africa and Asia , a guy named Niall Wass, will be leaving the ship in a couple of months. When I first heard about Uber, I pictured something wonderfully spontaneous and magical, along the lines of the so-called gypsy cabs that have been dodging authorities in the Big Apple for quite a while.

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Manitoba Liberals Would Pave the Way for Uber

Manitoba Liberals Would Pave the Way for Uber

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Manitoba Liberal leader Rana Bokhari (HANDOUT)
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The ride-sharing app Uber is shown Thursday, May 14, 2015 in Montreal. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz)

WINNIPEG — If Liberal leader Rana Bokhari were to lead the next provincial government, ride-sharing service Uber would be welcomed in Manitoba.

Bokhari said Thursday her government would work with the taxi industry and drivers to make the transition fair and equitable.

“We want what’s best for Manitobans and they are telling us they want to be able to use their smart phones to access transportation,” Bokhari said.

“We won’t stand in the way of applications that allow that, but will work with the taxi companies to ensure they are fairly compensated. Government over-regulation of this industry has helped lead to competitive weakness, and for that reason we are prepared to negotiate a deal that works for current licence holders.

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Uber Eyes Winnipeg as Future Expansion Market

Uber Eyes Winnipeg as Future Expansion Market

By Michelle Bailey

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Chris Schafer, public policy manager for Uber Canada, speaks at the Winnipeg Chamber Commerce on Wednesday, October 14, 2015 as Coun. Ross Eadie listens. (WINNIPEG CHAMBER OF COMMERCE)
WINNIPEG — Chris Schafer would have much preferred a ride with an Uber driver than take a taxi to get around Winnipeg today, but he didn’t have much choice.

And that is what the manager of public policy for Uber Canada hopes will change as the burgeoning company attempts to reach out to Winnipeggers and policy makers by demystifying what the ride-sharing company is all about and eventually offer the service here.

Earlier on Wednesday, the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce hosted a live on-stream presentation given by Schafer whose goal was to describe the service and convince decision makers to let Uber into this market.

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Uber Executive to Chat with Winnipeg Chamber

Uber Executive to Chat with Winnipeg Chamber

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The ride-sharing app Uber is shown Thursday, May 14, 2015 in Montreal. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz)

An executive from Uber will be in Winnipeg this week to discuss the ride-sharing service with the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce.

Chris Schafer, public policy manager for Uber Canada, will engage in an interactive information session on Wednesday, October 14.

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