Bring Ride Hailing to Halifax

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"I fix my name to the below petition as a citizen of Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM), requesting that council make the necessary changes to legislation and regulations such that ride-hailing companies including UBER and Lyft are operating freely within HRM prior to July 1, 2019."  

88% of Haligonians would use UBER or Lyft (according to Oct 2018 HRM Survey) yet it remains unavailable to us due to outdated regulations governing the taxi industry.

HRM council began studying this issue over two years ago.  Their recommended next step is yet another study - a process some council members have suggested could take another 18-24 months.  We strongly believe that council can implement this service reasonably within 5 months, effective July 1, 2019.

As it stands there is extreme dissatisfaction with the current taxi industry which directly results from the existing regulations.  Common complaints are the unavailability of taxis outside of the downtown core, high fares, no accountability/follow through on complaints, etc.  With most taxi drivers leasing their licenses, they are forced to work long hours and try to stay close to busier spots / being forced to ignore rural requests because they may lose money if the passenger no-shows. 

The terms ridesharing, ride-hailing, transportation network companies, Uber & Lyft are often used interchangeably.  The technically proper term is ride hailing, which provides citizens with an alternative to traditional taxis.  

Ride hailing companies function through mobile apps that manage ordering, pricing, payment, tipping, route tracking from car assignment to drop-off, and driver and passenger ratings.

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