Alberta says insurance for ride-sharing companies coming later

EDMONTON - The Alberta government has approved insurance for ride-sharing companies like Uber, but it's not available yet.

Transportation Minister Brian Mason says the insurance likely won't be ready until June or July.

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He also says the province will require ride-for-hire drivers to have a Class 4 driver's licence, which is a commercial licence, and get a criminal record check.

Edmonton became the first jurisdiction earlier this year to legalize the new industry, and a bylaw comes into effect Tuesday.

Calgary city council also recently passed a bylaw which could start in April.

Uber said on the weekend it would stop operating in Alberta unless the province made insurance available and allowed drivers to have a regular Class 5 licence.



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