Uber taxi app plots return to Vancouver

Back in 2012, Uber kicked up quite a social media fuss in Vancouver when it got kicked to the curb by B.C.'s Passenger Transportation Board. Well, get ready for another round of #UberVanLove.

On its blog, the San Francisco-based company behind the taxi and ridesharing app, which meets opposition from the taxi industry wherever it goes, says it's "missed" Vancouver. Uber held a promotional "Ice Cream Day" on July 18, which encouraged locals to download the app and order some ice cream.

Uber's July 17 blog post states:

When we first met, our innovative model of connecting riders with drivers was in its infancy. But that didn’t stop the entrenched, taxi industry from seeing the threat to their high priced monopoly on the Vancouver market and using their political power to ice us out of town.

Today, the Uber platform is transforming the way modern cities move. It is giving residents and tourists another option for getting from point A to B, and giving drivers a flexible and lucrative source of income.

We hope that Ice Cream Day is a satisfying start to a new beginning for Uber Vancouver, and can hardly wait until the day when we can give you the full scoop.

Elsewhere on its blog, Uber notes that its service is now available in 100 cities. Goldman Sachs and Google Ventures are among the company's investors.

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Ripley
With Skytrain down again, their timing couldn't be better.
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Ted
Would be nice to get better service and pay 40% of the current fares like I can whenever I'm in San Francisco or Seattle.

Undercutting the price? Sure, that's the point!

Why do we need to sell a license that gives someone a monopoly and then goes on to contribute nothing. Cut out the middleman, let the rider pay the driver while maintaining or improving current standards of safety/insurance/accesibility
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Gimme my UBER!!
Holy crap, have I missed Uber. I use it everywhere in the world I travel, and these days that's no exaggeration -- it's everywhere, and deservedly so.

No wonder the local taxis wanted them out of town. The Uber cars are clean, friendly, smell great, free water, comfy and classy. As compared to the local taxis which -- well, need we go into detail. If I were part of the local taxi monopoly, I'd have taken the 2 years it's been since Uber got exiled and used that time to learn and improve service. Because if Uber comes back, and I sure hope they do, the stagnant and awful local taxi scene is in for a big shake-up.
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Transit or Taxi, forget Uber
Just get the Yellow Cab app. It sends a cab to your exact gps location, tells you which cab took the job, and shows you a live map of that cab's location. What more could you want? Cheaper fairs? Go take a taxi in NYC or LA and then try to complain about fairs (and traffic). The rates here are reasonable. Plus they're all driving Priuses (Priii?), it couldn't be more environmentally friendly unless you took transit. Speaking of which, just take transit you fools. We have the cleanest most convenient bus system I've ever seen. Sure the skytrain could use a few more tracks (Commercial to UBC!) but we'll get there eventually, if you keep riding it (and paying your fairs).
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Rick Johson
I've used Uber in San Francisco, New York, London, Singapore, Paris-with consistent excellent results. Why not in Vancouver?
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Mike
Talk about high priced monopoly

Let’s see Vancouver taxi industry created about 600 owner operators with each taxi worth more than $7, 00,000 So 600 different people making money, creating part time and full time job. All these people Paying GST and income tax in BC. They have full commercial insurance in case taxi involved in an accident.

Now let’s talk about UBER, only few people getting billionaire. They don’t have any commercial insurance. They don’t want to pay GST and tax in BC. Is this different than monopoly? These people are abusing all rules and regulation to make them billionaire. Once UBER become 300-400 billion of worth, they will make it public trading company and run Laughing to the banks. UBER charge Full amount From BC consumer and keep 20% of the amount in San Francisco and sent rest to drivers.
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Canam
It is high time we deregulated the for-hire transportation industry in BC. Jitneys, Uber, airport shuttles, etc are all part of a robust public transportation system and make transit flexible and low cost.
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simon
Uber financed by Goldman Sachs. Same who were screaming financial markets to be deregulated. Made their billions, when it all collapsed u remember what happened next. Good our Bank of Canada kept its conservative regulations. It is the same story now. Uber does not go to a city, if they don't get a competative advantage.
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Bruce
De-regulation, it's sounds great on paper. It's also how things work in the third world. No, I'm with the Passenger Transportation Board on this. Although I hope this shakes up the taxi industry to the point of adopting Ubers methodology and adapting it to suit our needs.
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Ahmad
Perhaps the solution is to make our local taxi industry competitive, so not only that anyone like über won't survive here but also we don't drain our income(GST,jobs etc) out of our province. Taxi is a huge market with lots of potential but just needs to be restructured to avoide monopoly.
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Tracy
Bring Uber to Vancouver, BC. We need you!!!
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paul
If local companies can provide same service whey we need any one from the out side.we need to give chance to our local cab companies first.
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mike
No insurance no commercials vehicle no camera no safety class 5 licence. Driver. In uber local taxi company so better uber. Change rate anytime


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mike
No insurance no commercials vehicle no camera no safety class 5 licence. Driver. In uber local taxi company so better uber. Change rate anytime


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Sonni
How is uber good for bc?can someone explain that to me,local taxi companies are part of communities,they support our economy, can we all amazan 20percent of earned income going to a company that is not based in Canada.uber is not going spend one penny in Vancouver. Another point I will like to bring up is that we body called Ptb who regulate how this business should run, should uber be exempted from rules & regulations?so, seriously think and try to understand whole thing .
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Sam
Taxi Industry in Vancouver is very strictly regulated and every driver has to through training and police back check. Bad driver are automatically weeded out. Yes you might save a penny or two but if that is more important to you, sure jump in a car with no safely net (no commercial insurance, training ... could be driven by an axe murderer for all you know). NO THANKS !!! I care for my safety and for my loved one way too much.
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kan
What's happening now, city gives the taxi license plate for just a nominal fee's to the taxi companies & they sell it somewhere from 500000 to a million & the trick is that they say we transfer it to company shares so who is making money right now? Let's welcome uber good for the starters who wants to get into this profession
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Andy
To drive a Cab in Vancouver with Vancouver based companies, drivers need to pay daily lease from (Mon)110$ to (Fri,Sat)250$ per day plus full tank of Gas at the end of the shift. If he feels sick or have some emergency at home, he has to pay that lease at any cost. That is why the drivers are always under so much stress which results in rudeness, accidents and bad service. PTB (public transportation Board) gave the licenses to these companies at just 200$ (yes two hundred dollars), which these companies are selling at the premium of more than one million. (last license plate in Yellow Cab was sold for 572K for half share in license plate). As Uber is hiring drivers now a days in Vancouver and these companies are flashing message to the drivers again and again "Any driver Caught signing up for Uber will be terminated immediately". The Vancouver cab companies work like mafia cartels where the drivers are forced to work under very poor conditions and disrespect by the owners just because that they do not have other alternative or millions of dollars to be a cab owner. So if the Uber is coming to Vancouver it will be in the favor of the public and drivers who want to work with dignity and want to give the better customer service to the public.
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sukh
Yes u r right my friend
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