More Options For A Safe Ride Home: Ridesharing Regulations Approved
Government has approved regulations that will open the door for rideshare companies to begin operating in the province, as long as they follow requirements set out by the municipality in which they operate. Regulations will take effect on December 14, 2018.
“After extensive consultation with numerous stakeholders – including rideshare and taxi companies, municipalities and law enforcement – SGI has developed a provincial framework that strikes a good balance between public demand and safety,” Minister Responsible for SGI Joe Hargrave said. “Ridesharing will provide Saskatchewan residents more ways to get around in the province, and another option for planning a safe ride home.”
“Saskatchewan has some of the strongest impaired driving legislation in the country, but in addition to having effective legislation and strong penalties, it is crucial to ensure the availability of safe, convenient and reliable transportation options,” MADD Canada Regional Manager Michelle Okere said. “By establishing provincial rules to enable ridesharing, the Government of Saskatchewan is providing a framework for an industry that will provide more safe rides and be an effective partner in the effort to end impaired driving.”
Rideshare drivers transporting passengers will have the option to use a commercial class licence (Class 1-4), or a Class 5 licence if they meet certain conditions.
All drivers transporting passengers for hire will be required to pass annual criminal record checks and have their vehicles inspected annually. If opting for a Class 5 licence, only drivers who meet certain additional conditions, including having a safe driving record, will be allowed to work as a rideshare driver.
Requirements for rideshare drivers using a Class 5 licence must:
- be an experienced driver, not in the Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) program;
- have at least two years post-GDL driving experience in Canada or a reciprocal jurisdiction; and
- have a satisfactory driver history (meaning less than 12 points under the Driver Improvement Program in the last two years, and no impaired driving-related suspensions in the last 10 years).
Taxi and limousine drivers will have the same driver’s licence options as rideshare drivers. They can continue to transport passengers for hire using a Class 4 licence, or they can use a Class 5 licence if they meet the above requirements.
Rideshare companies will be required to hold at least $1 million liability coverage for all affiliated drivers and vehicles.
For more information about rideshare requirements, visit SGI’s website at www.sgi.sk.ca/rideshare.