Public hearings will be held this summer as the city moves forward with plans to license Uber and other ride-hailing services.
The draft by-law proposes charging the company $50,000 for its drivers operating in Hamilton, plus a $20,000 dispatch fee.
Individual drivers would also pay an annual fee, be subject to safety checks and have clear markings on their vehicles.
Licensing Director Ken Leendertse says it’s an attempt to level the playing field, as much as possible, for the protection of the regulated taxi industry.
Councillors have also approved a motion which seeks a court injunction against Uber if it doesn’t abide by the incoming rules.
The ride-sharing service is said to have over 500 local drivers.