Ottawa City Council Legalizes Uber Under New Regulations That Take Effect This Fall


Today, Ottawa city council voted in favour of legalizing Uber in the nation’s capital under new vehicle-for-hire regulations coming this fall.

The vote comes after two days of discussions at City Hall around changes to Ottawa’s taxi bylaws. Council voted that all taxi and Uber drivers must have at least $2 million in liability insurance.

Uber drivers and other ride-sharing services will not be required to have cameras in their vehicles. However, this is something the taxi industry is still pushing for. The city will also drop the $1.50 fee for taxi customers to pay using a debit or credit card.

The new regulations will take effect on September 30. The ride-sharing company has said it will continue operations in Ottawa until the new rules kick in in the fall, even though Uber has been operating in the city illegally since October 2014.

[via Ottawa Citizen]