Hamilton may be the next city to legalize Uber, as city council seeks a way to create a “level playing field” between taxi drivers and the ridesharing company. City staff are preparing a report to create a new licensing category, with an update to be revealed on March 30, 2016, reports CBC News.
At a council meeting yesterday, Coun. Sam Merulla said the motivation for this plan is for fairness and safety of the public at large. “I get that it’s a cool thing to do,” said Merulla, adding “But just because it’s cool doesn’t mean it’s in the best interest of the public.”
Hamilton has fined 21 total UberX drivers $305 each for picking up passengers without a taxi licence. The city looks to find a solution in dealing with Uber, similar to other cities in Canada. So far, only Edmonton has legalized the service, with new bylaws set to kick in on March 1.