Vehicles for Hire in Edmonton transport passengers from one destination to another for a fee. These vehicles could include limousines, shuttles, taxis, rideshare companies, or other types of transportation services.
On April 6, 2021, City Council approved a 100% reduction in 2021 dispatch and vehicle licence fees for limousines and a 50% reduction in these fees for all other vehicles for hire. The fee reduction will be automatically applied when licensees renew their licence or apply for a new licence. For licensees who already received a credit for their 2021 fees, the fee reduction will be applied to their 2022 fees. The fee reductions are one way the City is helping support the industry through the pandemic recovery.
Vehicle for Hire Service Restrictions
Effective July 1, 2021 the City's temporary mask bylaw is deactivated, but masks remain mandatory in vehicles for hire per Provincial mandate. For more information, please visit alberta.ca/covid19.
Vehicle For Hire Types
There are different types of vehicle for hire operating in Edmonton, and each type is regulated differently. The following summarizes the types of vehicle for hire and some of the general regulations that apply.
Taxis and Accessible Taxis
Taxis must have a toplight and a meter
Taxis can be hailed from the street
Accessible taxis prioritize requests from passengers who require mobility aids
Accessible taxis may be hailed from the street
Limousines are luxury vehicles for hire
These include sedans, stretch limousines and SUVs
Limousines must be prearranged and must not be hailed from the street
Shuttles can only pick up and drop off passengers at fixed locations set by a predetermined route and schedule
Shuttles must be prearranged and may not be hailed from the street
Transportation Network Vehicles (TNVs)
TNVs look like vehicles that anyone can own and operate. These are regulated by the Province of Alberta and the City.
TNVs are required to display a company marking on the front and back of the vehicle.
TNVs do not have a toplight, meter, or use the words "taxi", "cab", or "taxicab" on vehicle advertising.
TNVs must be prearranged and can not be hailed from the street. They cannot use taxi stands.
Private Transportation Providers (PTPs)
PTP vehicles look like vehicles that anyone can own and operate. These are licensed only by the City.
PTP vehicles are not required to display a company marking on the front and back of the vehicle.
PTP vehicles do not have a toplight, meter, or use the words "taxi", "cab", or "taxicab" on vehicle markings.
PTP vehicles must be prearranged and can not be hailed from the street. They cannot use taxi stands.