WINNIPEG – The fate of Uber in Winnipeg will soon be in the city’s hands.
The province has introduced a bill, The Local Vehicle for Hire Act, that would give municipalities the power to create bylaws regulating vehicles for hire.
That includes taxis. limos, and ride-sharing companies.
The legislation follows an independent review of the taxicab industry, an industry that has vehemently opposed allowing Uber into Winnipeg.
“Manitoba’s legislation governing the vehicle-for-hire industry dates back to 1935 and does not work in a modern economy,” said Indigenous and Municipal Relations Minister Eileen Clarke. “The regulation of the city of Winnipeg’s industry solely by the provincial government is unique among jurisdictions across Canada and would be addressed by this legislation.”
That means the Taxicab Board would be dissolved.
The proposed legislation would come into effect on February 28, 2018, but could be put in place sooner if the City of Winnipeg is ready.