The ongoing conflict between the City of Calgary and ride-sharing company Uber has come to a halt – at least for now.
It was announced earlier today that the City and Uber will “continue working together on a regulatory framework that will allow for transportation network companies and private-for-hire vehicle service in Calgary,” according to a release.
“I have always supported innovation and improvement to Calgary’s taxi system,” Mayor Naheed Nenshi said in the release. “This requires that all players—including The City and Uber—work together so we can ensure that this new transportation service is safe and reliable for Calgarians.”
First launching UberX operations in October, the wildly popular ride-sharing company was warned that drivers could face steep fines for operating outside the city’s bylaws. In late November, the City obtained a temporary injunction to halt Uber operating in the city. As part of this agreement, Uber has agreed to cease operations, and the city has agreed not to go to court for a permanent court injunction.
“Although I was disappointed that Uber decided to launch before there was a provincially approved insurance product in place and before Council had approved new regulations for this emerging industry, I am pleased that we are now working together to bring another transportation option to Calgarians,” Nenshi said.