More flexible taxis, Saskatoon ride-sharing rules expected this fall | Saskatoon StarPhoenix

The new rules for taxis and ride-sharing companies would eventually be rolled into the comprehensive bylaw, the report says.

The numbers of taxi licences in Saskatoon would remain the same under the new rules at 160, but the 24 existing seasonal licences would be replaced by flex licences, allowing taxi companies to put more vehicles on the road to meet peak demand.

Ride-sharing companies, which mainly feature part-time drivers, would be licensed to operate, not individual drivers. No cap would be placed on the number of drivers they use.

Taxi fares would continue to be regulated based on time and distance, while ride-sharing companies would set their rates through so-called “surge pricing” — lower costs during low demand times and higher costs during peak times.

Saskatoon taxi fares start at $3.75 for the first 130 metres, and meters displaying the fare would still be required. City officials are recommending a base charge of $3.10 for ride-sharing companies, even though the companies prefer no base charge.

That charge is based on the $3 cost of a bus ride in Saskatoon.

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