Thursday, February 20, 2014

Calgary Taxis May Be Forced To Work Friday and Saturday Nights.

CALGARY – Getting a taxi in Calgary at peak times could be a lot easier.

The head of taxi licensing in Calgary wants to force the city’s fleet of over 1,500 taxi drivers to be ready for dispatch between 4 p.m. and 4 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

Right now, license holders have the option to decide when they’re in service.

The new rule would extend to Thursday and Fridays on long weekends, and other peak times – like during the Calgary Stampede or New Year’s Eve.

“We’ve got to get more taxis out and providing a service during that late night,” explains Marc Halat, City of Calgary. “The only way I can do that is to condition the licences. Drivers are not employees, they are contracted to the brokerages. Brokers don’t have the ability to force them to work at those late night hours… and we do.”

The plan will go before a committee on Friday.

How would you feel about been forced to work Weekends and Holiday nights as part of your licensing conditions?

1 comment:

I'm Spartacus said...

Difficult one, CCTV essential as well as proper protection from Ye Olde Bill and TfL

Oh and if the weathers like Calgary then long socks and a balaclava as modelled by Jim T.