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 A plan to add up to 30 cents to every taxi or Uber fare to fund improvements to wheelchair-accessible cab service in Calgary has received tentative support from city council members.

The surcharge could be rolled out as early as Jan. 1, if approved by a full vote of council.

The per-trip fee will also apply to what the city calls ‘transportation network company’ (TNC) trips, which include services such as Uber.

The city requires around 11 per cent of taxis in Calgary to be accessible. There is no similar requirement for TNC operators.

A spokesman for Uber told council Wednesday that they support the surcharge, but suggested the program’s goals could be achieved with a fee of no more than 15 cents per trip.