Part One - Ridesharing
The Bill allows for municipal and provincial (trips between municipalities) licensing of a new entity called a Transportation Network Companies and sets minimum standards around drivers, vehicles, consumer protection and safety.
Transportation network company (TNC): an entity that uses a digital application service to connect passengers to services provided by drivers of the TNC. A TNC does not own, control, operate, or manage the vehicles used by TNC drivers as they are solely owned by the drivers themselves. A TNC is not a taxicab association or a for-hire vehicle owner.
Driver: is an individual who gets connected to potential passengers and related services through a digital platform and uses their own vehicle to offer or provide a passenger with a ride to their desired destination.
Some of the obligations of the TNC:
1. TNC shall ensure that the fare calculation method for each ride is disclosed to the passenger before a ride begins
2. TNC shall also ensure that an electronic receipt is transmitted to the passenger in full detail – and will keep records
3. TNC shall let a passenger know in advance the driver's name, vehicle, license plate and picture of the driver
4. TNC must have in-app feedback mechanisms
5. TNC will ensure adequate insurance of the vehicle, driver and passenger
6. The TNC shall adopt a policy of non-discrimination with respect to passengers or neighbourhoods.
7. TNC will ensure all vehicles meet prescribed safety standards
Some of the obligations of the driver (TNC can revoke the operating permit of a driver who does not comply with its legal obligations):
8. Driver will not accept street hails
9. TNC will have a zero tolerance policy for drivers under alcohol or drug use
10. TNC will ensure all contracted drivers meet minimum standards including
a. Possessing a driver’s license, proof of registration, is at least 21 years of age, has a good driving record and has never been convicted of a criminal offence
11. TNC will require the driver to submit an application to the TNC, which includes information regarding his or her address, age, driver’s license, driving history, motor vehicle registration, automobile liability insurance, and other information required by the TNC;
a. Conduct, or have a third party conduct, a local and national criminal background check for each applicant
b. Obtain and review a driver abstract for said applicant.
Municipalities will be able to assess an Accessible Vehicle Fund fee to help ensure the provision of accessible vehicles in the municipality. Establishing an Accessible Vehicle Fund encourages TNCs to bring more accessible vehicles on the road.
Municipalities will also have stronger enforcement tools including the use of demerit points for those with multiple offenses, such as bandit cabs.