Uber has Arrived in Calgary
After a long wait, the alternative taxi company is here
Kiah Lucero, Staff Writer
The new arrival of Uber in Calgary brings new opportunities for regular drivers to make a profit while they head to their destination. Commuters also have the option get to where they are going at a low cost without worrying about the high rates which often associated with traditional taxis. While this can be seen as an advantage to those who need extra money and those who can’t get a cab, the ride sharing service is sparking some controversial media attention. Currently, Uber is not legal in Calgary as there are still regulatory issues that have yet to be sorted out. Calgary’s transport bylaws state that anyone offering a transportation service that charges a fare must have a city-issued license plate. The repercussions of breaking these transport bylaws can cost up to $1500. Any Uber driver can be subject to pay the price. Uber also brings some competition to the taxi industry. While competition is usually good in any industry, Uber is at an unfair advantage as they have evaded transport bylaw costs. As most taxi companies have to comply with the transport bylaws, taxi companies are wondering what makes Uber above the law? Uber provides convenience, but might end up taking business away from those whose livelihoods depend on taxi driving.