City of Edmonton Announces New Rules for Uber, Taxis Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

In an effort to keep drivers and riders safe during the novel coronavirus outbreak, the City of Edmonton has introduced new rules and regulations for all taxis, limousines, private transportation and shuttle service providers, as well as for Uber and other ride-sharing services, Global News is reporting.

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Starting April 1st, all vehicle-for-hire services mush adhere to the new requirements and restrictions. Under the new rules, no more than one passenger per vehicle is allowed except if additional passengers are members of the same household, individuals in a close personal relationship, or a required caregiver.

Moreover, more than one passenger per vehicle is only allowed if the size of the vehicle allows for two metres between each passenger and the driver, such as a shuttle bus.

“The City of Edmonton will work with the vehicle for hire industry to communicate these changes, and enforcement teams will be deployed to help ensure adherence to the new regulations,” a news release from the city read.

Other restrictions applicable as per the new regulations are given below:

  • No passengers are permitted in the front passenger seat(s)
  • While driving and/or operating as a vehicle-for-hire service, cleaning and disinfecting supplies must be kept in the front passenger seat in plain view and used for cleaning of vehicles after each trip
  • Door handles (interior and exterior), window controls, door locks, passenger seating area, seat belts and buckles must be cleaned after each fare and with disinfecting cleaning products and substances. Payment devices must be cleaned after each use
  • Drivers should take appropriate care (e.g. Personal Protective Equipment) when providing physical support to passengers
  • Any vehicle that provides service to a passenger who is demonstrating COVID-19 symptoms, including cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose, or sore throat, or who otherwise indicates that they are at risk of having COVID-19, must be immediately removed from service and thoroughly sanitized