The times, they are changing in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada with this recent news of an Uber Edmonton suspension of services. Alberta Transportation Minister Brian Mason announced Monday the new insurance product Uber needs will not be approved in time for the deadline, even though the basic framework of the agreement is finished. Under the new rules, the fines for operating without a licence jump to $5,000 for a driver. Uber made the announcement Monday night after Alberta’s minister of transportation said the province will require ride-sharing drivers have a Class 4 licence, police check and commercial insurance. With no action by the NDP government on ridesharing, the province of Alberta has cost thousands of Edmonton, Alberta drivers income opportunities by forcing Uber to suspend operations in the city. Uber Alberta will respect the government’s decisions, and a temporary suspension will take effect at 6:00 AM on March 1st, 2016 and deprive tens of thousands of local riders of a safe, affordable and reliable transportation alternative. Uber will continue to work with officials in Alberta in the hopes of bringing ridesharing back to Edmonton soon. Uber has asked its riders and drivers to ask the province embrace innovation. Given that Edmonton’s new bylaw applies only within city limits, Uber Alberta will continue to enable ridesharing services in surrounding areas. This means that residents of neighborhoods that are outside of Edmonton’s city limits will continue to be able to ride with Uber Alberta during this Uber Edmonton suspension of services. Uber will continue to work with officials in Alberta in the hopes of bringing ridesharing back to Edmonton, Alberta, Canada soon.
For more information about the Uber Edmonton suspension, read the Uber Alberta website.
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