New taxi cab bylaw focuses on safety

January 6, 2015

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Strathcona County’s new Taxi Cab Safety Bylaw focuses on public safety, quality service and protection of passengers in the taxi industry. 

The Taxi Cab Safety Bylaw 20-2013 comes into effect in Strathcona County on July 1, 2015. Under the bylaw, taxi owners and operators based in Strathcona County must obtain the necessary permits before July 1, 2015, when enforcement of the bylaw will begin. Enforcement fines range from $250 to $1,000, as established in the bylaw. Strathcona County Enforcement Services will be responsible for the administration and implementation of the bylaw.

“These regulations were developed with the intent to foster safety and quality service in the taxi industry,” says Mayor Roxanne Carr. “With the bylaw in place, taxi passengers in the County will be confident in knowing what to look for—such as the taxi driver’s permit, taxi vehicle number and inspection decal—when hiring a taxi cab.” 

Work on the bylaw began in February 2013, when Strathcona County Council directed Administration to investigate options for regulating taxi cabs within the County, as there were no bylaws or policies in place. Research for the bylaw included consultation with local taxi companies. The Taxi Cab Safety Bylaw 20-2013 was passed by Council in October 2014.

Under the new regulations, passengers will be assured that the taxi driver is licensed by the County. The licensing process requires a Criminal Record check and Vulnerable Sector check, a driving record that meets the required standards, and a yearly inspection of the taxi vehicle.

The bylaw also provides measures for the safety of taxi operators. For example, a taxi driver will be entitled to refuse a passenger who is disorderly or abusive, or who requests the driver carry any passengers or luggage that the vehicle is incapable of carrying.

The County will begin accepting taxi permit applications in spring 2015. More information about the taxi cab safety bylaw, including how to apply for a permit, or contact Enforcement Services at 780-449-0170, or visit the RCMP detachment at 911 Bison Way in Sherwood Park.

Set in the centre of Alberta’s energy and agricultural heartland, Strathcona County is a thriving, successful and vibrant community of more than 92,000 residents. Strathcona County is made up of the urban area of Sherwood Park and a large adjacent rural area of farms, acreages and smaller hamlets. It is home to 75 per cent of refining in Western Canada. With a focus on economic, governance, social, cultural and environmental sustainability, Strathcona County is committed to balancing the unique needs of its diverse community.

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Contact:Strathcona County Communications, 780-410-6595