REGINA- The City of Regina wants to collect trip data information from taxis to help ensure there are the correct amount of cabs on the road.
By collecting information such as the number of calls and wait times, the city says it can better decide on the number of licenses it issues. Personal information about taxi riders would not be collected.
However, Regina’s three major cab companies, Capital Cab, Co-Op Taxi and Regina Cabs/ Premiere Taxi, raised concerns about the proposed bylaw change before Tuesday’s meeting of the Community and Protective Services Committee.
“You seem to think electronic systems will help but they just create new and different challenges and new and different expenses,” said Sandy Archibald with Regina Cabs and Premiere Taxi. “We’re taxi cab drivers. We’re not IT people so we have to hire people and bring them in. It’s a huge expense and there is no cost recovery.”
Archibald would also like the onus to record and provide data to rest with the taxi operators instead of the company, as is proposed in the bylaw change.
The bylaw change was approved by the committee and will go before City Council June 23.