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Ride SharingStep 1: Write Your Letter
Step 2: Find your councillor
Step 3: Send Your Letter

 

 

 

Step 1: Write Your Letter


Your letter should have three parts.

First, state your name and where you live to let the councillor know that you live in their ridings.

Second, state why you are concerned with ride sharing possibly coming to Saskatoon. Here are some reasons that you could give.

  • Taxi drivers are regulated by government and are required to take training, have background checks, and have their vehicle routinely inspected for safety and maintenance. All of these regulatory requirements are to protect the public. Taxis are also required to provide 24 hour service, and cannot refuse a fare. You can rest assured that when you need a ride home late at night and you call a taxi, you will get home safely. Riding sharing companies make no such guarantees and often they do the opposite. They can operate when they want, they can pick up whoever they want and they can charge whatever price they want.

  • It’s an accessibility issue. In many Canadian cities, taxi services are relied upon by school boards, health services, and publically funded transportation for people with disabilities. Each year school boards go through a procurement process to have taxi services for children who are unable to ride buses or walk for various reasons. Health services that want to transport patients who don’t require an ambulance will often use taxi services through pre-arranged payment accounts at no cost to the patient. And people with disabilities rely on taxies for transport, and in many cases public transport providers sub-contract to taxis when their accessible busses are unable to meet demand. Many vulnerable people in our communities depend on the taxi industry and without regulation these services simply wouldn’t exist.

  • The impact on drivers needs to be considered. Taxi workers face many fees to be able to operate their vehicle. And calculated on data from Uber itself, after expenses, their drivers are making well below the minimum wage.

  • Ride sharing companies are just another attack on workers, further distancing themselves from the responsibility of being an employer. It is part of worldwide trend towards precarious work. Ultimately, allowing for ride sharing companies to enter the market without careful consideration of the impacts and allowing for riding sharing companies to play by different rules will hurt both taxi workers and the public. Deregulation may destroy an industry that many people depend on.

Third, state what you want to see happen. You can choose to talk about one or more of the following three points.

  1. There needs to a level playing field between ride sharing companies and the taxi companies to ensure that all cars that pick up and drop off fares in Saskatoon have to meet the same standards and abide by the same regulations.

  2. The livelihoods and security of taxi drivers must be taken into account when it comes to drafting rules to allow ride-sharing companies into the Saskatoon market.

  3. City Council should seriously consider the “Sask Plates” proposal by the United Steelworkers. Sask plates are a new type of taxi license that will be issued by the City of Saskatoon with the intention of replacing all current taxi licenses in the city. These plates will be issued directly to drivers and transfers will not be possible, meaning that no sale, leasing or renting of taxi licenses is possible. This change will help both consumers and taxi drivers.

Step 2: Find your councillor

The emails of the councillors are as follows.

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If you are unsure what Ward you live in, go to the following website and input your address: Which Ward Do I Live In?

Step 3: Send Your Letter

Send your letter to the email address of your councillor!

You can also send your letter to Mayor Charlie Clark - Click Here