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Uber (Rideshare) is Officially Making a Return to Edmonton

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Uber rideshare is expected to make a return to Edmonton in July!

Being it that I am an ex-driver for Uber in the city of Edmonton, I received an e-mail from the folks at Uber Alberta in regard to what I must do in order to be able to drive for them again beginning July 1, 2016.

Interested in becoming an Uber Partner? You will need:
  • Class 4 drivers license
  • EPS background check
  • Medical exam
  • Rideshare insurance coverage
What is required to drive for Uber in Edmonton
What is required to drive for Uber in Edmonton

Of course, this will end up being a little more expensive than what was required by Uber late last year (only a class 5 license), but the good news is that this time around, Uber will be running in Edmonton 100% legally and these costs far outweigh the benefits.

The class 4 written and road test costs roughly $145.

Early last week, I saw that rideshare insurance coverage for those residing in Toronto, Ontario was costing them an additional $500 per year. This allowed those rideshare drivers to drive up to 20 hours per week at this price. If you expect to drive more, expect to pay a bit of a higher premium.

$500 per year is equivalent to less than $42 per month, which can actually be paid off from as little as giving one Uber passenger a ride!

There has not been any released information regarding what Albertans will pay for added rideshare insurance coverage, but it is to be expected that it’ll be relatively the same.

Uber has also very recently [launched UberEATS in Edmonton].

Uber will pay you to get your Class 4 license:

Those wanting to give driving for Uber a shot, Uber Alberta is willing to pay you $250 on your first pay if you complete your class 4 drivers license before June 22nd, and complete a single Uber passenger ride.

At the end of April, Uber made UberPUPPIES available for order to those working in downtown Edmonton. It was a [major success].

From 2015 into early this year, there were thousands of Uber drivers in Edmonton. I was one of those drivers. I personally drove roughly 1,000 people home safely after nights out of drinking. It gives you a sense of satisfaction being able to get others home safely, and yet get paid to do so.

I will gladly be getting my class 4 license and joining Uber once again.

If you’re interested in learning more about becoming an Uber Partner, [see here].

Uber is now [valued at over $62.5 billion].

I for one, look forward to the return of Uber in Edmonton. However, I do presume that Edmonton taxi does not. This may also affect other rideshare companies that have recently launched, such as TappCar.

What are your thoughts?

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Jody Mitoma

Founder of Edmonton Talks News.

13 thoughts on “Uber (Rideshare) is Officially Making a Return to Edmonton

  • June 8, 2016 at 8:23 PM

    On the Monday of this week. Me and my friends we both was visit Uber office in Edmonton for submitted our documents for Driving with uber that time i discuss with uber expert about Uber Insurance. She told me they will match with my personal insurance like if i have comperihansive insurance then they will worh the same commercial insurance and i ask her about insurance premium and she says there is not any premium uber will provide just like before.

    • June 8, 2016 at 8:36 PM

      Are you saying that Uber will pay for the added rideshare insurance coverage?! This is news to me!

      I will have to look into this further. Thank you kindly for the heads up, Jagjeet.

      • June 23, 2016 at 2:27 PM

        Yes, I was at UBER Edmonton last week and they said: “If you get in a commercial at fault accident driving with UBER, you submit your claim to your own insurance company. They will send you a decline letter which we then bring to UBER and they will match our policy. Pretty awesome!

  • Tessa Bogacki
    June 8, 2016 at 9:04 PM

    Yay!!! I used Uber in Chicago and honestly didn’t realize how much I missed it here..a $90 taxi ride in chicago cost $30, plus it was split between 3 people. Such a crazy difference

  • June 8, 2016 at 9:17 PM

    Nailing it, Uber. Shake in your little tear-filled booties, TappCar & similarly-lackluster cab companies.

  • June 8, 2016 at 9:37 PM

    Yes, the uber expert says to me.

  • June 25, 2016 at 9:30 AM

    Everything is coming up roses and Edmonton has Uber back. Be careful what you wish for cause it’s not what you’ll be getting. Weren’t they the one’s that started pouting and took their ball and left you guys high and dry. Do not be fooled, this saga has played out Hundreds of times and they know exactly how to play the drivers, the riders, and anybody else they wish to toy with. Uber is and always will be the quitesential meaning of GREED! The good people of Edmonton had, and maybe still have the opportunity to build something homegrown. It could have even been something that the drivers themselves could have owned part of but instead that loud sucking sound is all those local dollars being vacuumed up by front company as we know as Uber and all that banging and clanging is those same dollars being redirected, washed, freeze dried, sent overseas by boat to Europe where they will bounce around through 5 or 6 different companies before being flown back to some little shell company in Bermuda and then directed to some legal firm in Deleware … The point is those $s is gone. The pure genius of Evil will only be realized when this massive transference of wealth from the middle class and poor to the .01% is almost complete and too late to do anything about. You want to know your future, read about it. Look to any city in North America that has had Uber a little longer and there in lies your fate. They care not for drivers and will continue to exploit them to the very edge and just when you think they have pushed too far; they DEACTIVATE all drivers to be replaced by the new wave in transpotation.
    During all this time drivers are still not getting any tips from the riders cause deep down inside they are really just cheap and Uber says they don’t have to because the tip is included; – no not included; “you are not required to tip”, parents will continue to ride with their small children without a car seat and worse insist on holding their infants cause they’re only going down the street & besides the last Uber didn’t have a problem with it. High school kids will continued to be picked up either going or coming home from school, even though you need to be eighteen and sadly drivers will get beaten & robbed and women of all ages will be sexually assaulted. Drivers and riders both involved in accidents that can have devasting effects; I think you can fill in the blanks on that one.
    After all that, Uber doesn’t care. They have proved that to be true time after time. I wonder if any of you know of the 6 year old girl from San Fransico. Search it.
    What kind of company, that is party to a wide range of accidents & crimes, provides only an EMAIL address in case of an emergency? Ask your mother if you don’t know!


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