Finally, holdouts against ride-hailing companies, like Uber and Lyft may gain withdrawal in British Columbia. By dint of the new rules, ride sharing companies are to be in British Columbia by December. On Tuesday British Columbia brought a set of rules supporting the ride-hailing companies.
Ride-sharing companies are in B.C.
Ride-sharing companies are an issue of controversy in British Columbia that it has become an election issue. However, the new rules will permit the companies to offer its services. The companies serve across the Vancouver and other cities of the province. Nevertheless, the new rules remain effective till the re-election.
Ride-sharing companies got the permission basis of an announcement from the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure. The minister, Todd Stone clarified that “British Columbians have made it very clear that there is a demand for services that ride- hailing companies provide”. The minister expressed his excitement saying, we are very excited to finally be in a position to look British Columbians in the eyes and say ride sharing is coming to our province”.
Steps for Taxi service
Currently, Uber is available in 400 cities. In fact, in most of the cities, the company encountered clashes with taxi professionals. Same happened in B.C. too. Considering the probable dissatisfaction, minister Stone took some steps to ensure a “level playing field”. The ministry showed its interests to develop existing taxi service. The minister said, “our approach over the next nine months will be to continue to be very thoughtful and very deliberate… a fulsome sweep of policies that will be well-informed”. However, regardless of the initiatives, Vancouver Taxi Associations shows its opposition against the decision.