Saskatchewan may see ride sharing services such as Uber sooner rather than later.
Legislation was introduced today (Thurs) that would open the door for the companies to work in the province.
These services provide a vehicle and driver for pre-arranged transportation through a digital platform or app.
Minister Responsible for SGI Joe Hargrave says the big reason for this legislation is reducing the impaired driving problem.
“What brought on this legislation was our strong desire to put another option out there for impaired driving, in the battle against impaired driving,” Hargrave said. “These people will be there when the bar’s closed. It gives people another option to pick so they don’t have to make that wrong decision to drive home impaired.”
The legislation allows municipalities the option to bring in the service, those municipalities will also be responsible for regulating the businesses they choose to bring in.
Ramit Kar, General Manager of Uber for Western Canada, says ride sharing services like his provide Saskatchewan people with numerous benefits.
“Number one is, it’s a safe alternative for people to get home after a night out on the town,” noted Kar. “Number two is it’s a great earning opportunity for those who are looking to make a little bit of supplemental income, while their at a flexible pace.”