New ridesharing legislation has opened a path for Uber and Lyft to operate in Winnipeg as early as March 1, 2018. However, MPI regulations seems to have halted Ubers plan… at least for now.
MPI wants ride sharing drivers to be insured based on hours worked instead of a regular policy. Most other jurisdictions in Canada and North America use regular polices over policies based on hours worked.
The policy MPI is proposing works as a add on to drivers personal basic coverage. Drivers would purchase add on ridesharing coverage in time bands, depending on which times of the day a driver wants to drive in.
Uber states that without a blanket commercial policy it will be too difficult from a risk and compliance perspective to do business in Manitoba.