The New Brunswick government introduced legislation Wednesday that would allow ride-sharing services, such as Uber, to operate in the province in an effort to provide people more choices in accessing transportation.
In a statement, the province said the new legislation sets the standard for drivers and vehicles. Local governments would also be required to create bylaws that set parameters for vehicle-for-hire services.
This means that a vehicle-for-hire service will only be able to operate where a local government has enacted a bylaw. Drivers and services will need to meet the requirements of these local bylaws.
According to the province, under the amendments, ride-share drivers will need to:
- Undergo a check of their driving record.
- Upgrade to a Class 4 licence, the provisions of which include providing a medical fitness report.
- Have a clean driver’s abstract.
“Ride sharing will provide New Brunswickers more choices and flexibility in accessing transportation,” Justice and Public Safety Minister Hugh J. Flemming said in a press release. “The legislation we have brought forth will provide for a fair, safe and comprehensive ride-sharing system that could benefit communities in every part of the province.”
The government also noted that drivers must work through a ride-sharing company authorized by a local government or municipality.