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Taxi Cab Safety Bylaw FAQ

Taxi Cab Safety Bylaw

Why did the Taxi Safety Bylaw need replacing?

This new bylaw replaces the previous Taxi Cab Safety Bylaw due to significant changes in the vehicle for hire industry. The new bylaw is now in line with regional vehicle for hire practices and requirements. In addition, the new bylaw provides incentive for operating accessible taxis in Strathcona County by charging $0 for accessible permit fees.

When does the Vehicle For Hire Bylaw come into effect?

The new Vehicle for Hire bylaw comes into effect on July 1, 2017. Applications will be accepted beginning June 1, 2017. Please allow five business days for processing the application. Once approved, these permits will be in effect as early as July 1, 2017.

What if my existing permit expires after July 1?

If you have a valid permit that isn’t expired, it automatically transitions to the new Vehicle for Hire Bylaw permit (and will be due for renewal on its expiry date).

What are the annual costs for permits?
 New! Vehicle for Hire fee Previous (Taxi Cab Bylaw) fee

 Driver’s permit

i. Accessible taxi driver’s – $0 per year

ii. Limousine and Taxi driver’s – $50 per year


i. n/a

ii. $100 for two years

Vehicle permits

i. Accessible taxi – $0 per year

ii. Limousine – $450 per year

iii. Taxi – $450 per year 

 

i.  n/a

ii. n/a

iii. $450 per year  

Permit replacement fee – $50$50
 Notice of Appeal filing fee – $150n/a
What happens to my current Strathcona County taxi cab vehicle and driver permit?
  • On July 1, 2017, valid Taxi Driver’s Permits under the Taxi Cab Safety Bylaw (20-2013) will be deemed to be valid limousine and taxi driver’s permits under the new Vehicle for Hire Bylaw, until their original expiry date.
  • On July 1, 2017, valid Taxi Vehicle Permits under the Taxi Cab Safety Bylaw (20-2013) will be deemed to be valid taxi permits under the new Vehicle for Hire Bylaw, until their original expiry date.
  • As of July 1, 2017 requests or renewals for all permits must use the new Vehicle for Hire Bylaw application form.
  • For existing permits holders with a July 1 expiry date, you can apply for permits under the new Vehicle For Hire bylaw beginning June 1, 2017. Please allow five business days for processing the application. Once approved, these permits will be in effect as early as July 1, 2017.
When does the new Vehicle for Hire permit expire?

Vehicle for Hire permits expire one year from date of issue.

I already have a permit from another municipality – can I operate in Strathcona County?

Strathcona County Vehicle for Hire permits are not required if the holder has existing licence/permit/approval from another municipality that meets or exceeds the requirements of section 29 or 32 (as applicable) of Strathcona County Vehicle for Hire bylaw. Call Enforcement Services for more information at 780-449-0170.

Why aren’t companies like Uber required to get permits to operate in Strathcona County?

Drivers of Transportation Network Automobiles are regulated by the Alberta Transportation Network Companies Regulation (Alta Regulation 100/2016) and are not required to get a separate driver’s permit in Strathcona County.

Where can I find out more information about accessible driver training?

An accessible training program includes (1) disability awareness and sensitivity training designed to develop the knowledge and attitudes necessary to meet the diverse needs of passengers with disabilities, and (2) training on the skills necessary to operate an accessible taxi such as how to properly tie down a mobility aid.  Contact Enforcement Services for details about the training requirements.

What are the fines?

A person who contravenes the bylaw is liable to a fine. Fines range from $250 to $1,000, as established by the bylaw.

Who can I call for more information?

Further information on the Vehicle for Hire bylaw, including information on obtaining the necessary permits to operate a vehicle for hire in Strathcona County, is available by calling Enforcement Services 780-449-0170.

How can I appeal a decision?

Information on how to appeal a decision made under the Vehicle for Hire Bylaw is available online or by calling 780-464-8140.

Last updated: Monday, May 08, 2017
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