Uber says it will be pulling out of the Alberta market after failing to get a bylaw amendment from the province that would allow the company to become legal in Edmonton. However, while the industry leading ride-sharing company is on the verge of leaving the province, another smaller firm is looking to steal some of Uber’s thunder.
A bylaw passed in Edmonton last month stated that UberX drivers would be legal if they had a bi-annual license, vehicle checks, and sufficient auto insurance. The company has since been unable to secure any of those things, with Alberta authorities saying any bylaw amendment is unlikely to happen until the summer.
As a response Uber is suggesting it will leave the province on Tuesday, Mar 1, which is when the Edmonton bylaw comes into effect. However, one company can benefit from Uber’s departure, with TappCar saying it is ready to take some of Uber’s Alberta market.
Like the UberX service, TappCar allows passengers to connect with freelance drivers via a smartphone application, and the company says it is positing itself for the lucrative Edmonton market.
“It will be very competitive with the Uber and the traditional taxi services,” TappCar’s Pascal Ryffel said. “We’re really hoping that people get behind us.”
It is unclear whether TappCar has the desired criteria to appease the city of the province, and the company is almost certainly going to be subject to the same bylaw rules as Uber.