Grande Prairie City Council is set to further the discussion on its Vehicle for Hire Bylaw at the committee level after a delegation from the owners of Apple and Green Cabs.
The two shared numerous ideas they would like to see regarding current taxi regulations including a proposed cap on the number of vehicles that are over 10 years old, yearly inspections for cabs under five years old, and minimum vehicle requirements for companies.
Referencing a seven-vehicle minimum rule that used to be enforced for cab companies to be recognized in Grande Prairie, the two owners told council some companies are operating well below that limit.
“Does one taxi constitute a taxi business?” Grande Prairie Mayor Jackie Clayton asked.
As a result, council directed administration to bring back a “what we’re hearing” report from the taxi industry and present council with industry trends such as the number of vehicles that are operating in the city. Additionally, committee discussions will include the question of having a taxi commission to aid the regulatory process for cab companies in Grande Prairie.