Reminder about new Vehicle for Hire Bylaw
June 28, 2017
Beginning July 1, there are important changes for the taxi and vehicle for hire industry in Strathcona County.
Strathcona County’s new Vehicle for Hire Bylaw (30-2016) helps answer resident and business demands for more choice in the vehicle for hire industry, while continuing to firmly uphold public safety standards set to protect both passengers, as well as drivers. In addition, the new bylaw provides an important incentive for operating accessible taxis in Strathcona County, by charging $0 for accessible vehicle and driver’s permits.
Under the new bylaw, all taxis, limousines and accessible taxis are required to have a Vehicle for Hire driver's permit and vehicle permit to operate in Strathcona County. Any vehicles which fall under the area of Transportation Network Automobiles (such as Uber) are already regulated under the Alberta Transportation Network Companies Regulation (Alta Regulation 100/2016) and are not required to have a separate driver’s permit in Strathcona County.
Passengers can expect to view the vehicle for hire’s driver permit on or within the vehicle in a location visible to all passengers, or may be provided electronically through a mobile application. The licence plate also counts as a display of the vehicle permit. As part of upholding public safety standards for drivers and passengers, permitted vehicles for hire are subject to regular mechanical inspection and permitted drivers must have a RCMP Criminal Record check, a RCMP Vulnerable Sector check and proof of insurance coverage.
As of July 1, 2017, vehicle for hire owners and drivers working within Strathcona County must obtain the necessary permits, which are valid for one year from date of issuance. The annual Vehicle for Hire Permit fee is $450 and the Driver’s Permit fee is $50 (exceptions apply). These fees are consistent with the County’s previous Taxi Cab Safety Bylaw, and similar to the permitting fees in neighbouring municipalities.
In order to ensure safety for both drivers and passengers, vehicles are required to have an annual Government of Alberta Motor Vehicle Record of Inspection completed by a certified mechanic. Valid permits issued under the previous Taxi Cab Safety Bylaw remain in effect until the permit’s date of expiry.
Application forms for the new Vehicle for Hire and Driver’s Permits are available online or by visiting Enforcement Services at 911 Bison Way, Sherwood Park.
This new bylaw replaces the previous Taxi Cab Safety Bylaw (20-2013) and represents the careful consideration of our community’s transportation needs, along with an extensive review of the City of Edmonton’s Vehicle for Hire Bylaw to ensure a consistent approach across the region.
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 or online.
Set in the centre of Alberta’s energy and agricultural heartland, Strathcona County is a thriving, successful and vibrant community of over 98,000 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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Strathcona County Communications, 780-410-6595