The provincial government has passed the Vehicles for Hire Act which will pave the way for ride-sharing companies to set up shop in Saskatchewan. However, whether or not they will be seen driving in and around Estevan anytime soon is still up for discussion. 

"That information hasn't come to Council yet," shared Mayor Roy Ludwig, "but I'm sure now that's it's been passed it will."

"That should be a very interesting conversation on what Council feels about that."

He added that it's hard to say whether or not there will be much support for this type of service.

"During the busier times, especially in the summer and whenever we have a lot of events, even in the wintertime, we do have issues with the shortage of taxies. But we will have to have that discussion and hopefully, we can have the taxi companies involved in that discussion as well."

There are a number of unknowns at this point, including what regulations these services would have to follow. 

"We'll have to look at the legislation and see what that provides for. I would think that if you have a ride-sharing company, they would have to meet the same requirements as the taxi companies but it's early days so we'll have to see how that unfolds."

 

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