Ottawa Will Launch New Licensing System on Friday, Will Make Uber Legal in the City


On Friday, the city of Ottawa will launch a new licensing system which will allow Uber and other private transportation companies to operate legally in the city. Taxi drivers have mixed reactions regarding the new system saying that it is both a curse and an opportunity.

Last spring, the city passed a new “vehicle-for-hire” regulation that would bring ride-sharing services, like Uber, in line with the taxi bylaws. The new rules officially come into effect on September 30.

Uber drivers will then be able to secure an operating license which would allow them to operate legally in the city. Uber Canada officials tell CBC that the company intends to fully abide by the new law starting on Friday.

In a statement Asim Puri, a former Nortel worker and the man who turned to driving a Blueline cab about seven years ago, said:

“For a lot of the drivers it’s very hard. They have a mortgage, they have to feed their families. Two or three guys I know already quit and they started driving Uber, because here they have to pay a lot of fees, lot of expenses. But we don’t know the future. What’s going to happen after the 30th? Maybe [the] government is going to open up accounts with Uber?”

Piri said that traditional taxi drivers like him are surviving because of the current government, however the future may hold a completely different story.

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  • Henry Gan

    We’re so behind here in BC

  • 1His_Nibs1

    That’s why I left ; ) (fear of earthquakes too)

  • swotam

    Cue the collective wailing of taxi industry representatives who hate the fact that their 70’s era business model is being disrupted and they can’t lobby their way out of it. Zero sympathy for those guys (really, it’s the medallion holders who are in trouble, not the drivers), they have to either lead, follow, or get out of the way.

  • 1His_Nibs1

    Assim Puri sure has a stellar record for picking long term jobs. First Nortel, then the taxi industry.