British Columbians have to wait more than a year for ride-hailing, but hey, there's always Modo's learner program

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      Today, Transportation Minister Claire Trevena revealed that the B.C. government won't allow ride-hailing until at least the fall of 2019.

      That's a major downer for people who don't trust taxis to consistently get them to their destinations on time.

      And it's of particular concern to young people.

      That's because ICBC data shows that they don't obtain driver's licences at anywhere near the same rate as baby boomers did when they were young.

      But there is a way out of this predicament for families that don't own automobiles.

      B.C.-based Modo, a member-owned car-share cooperative, hasĀ a new program enabling drivers 16 years old and up with an "L" designation to join as "Green members".

      It means that Modo members can teach their teenagers how to drive using any of the co-op's 600 vehicles.

      LearnersĀ are able to hone their skills on a variety of vehicles, including trucks, minivans, and compact cars. And rates start as low as $5 per hour.

      "It is very fitting that Modo is the first carshare in North America to enable younger people and those with an L to use our service, as it aligns exceptionally well with our purpose," Modo's director of marketing and business development, Selena McLachlan, said in a news release earlier this month. "Families can save money and easily use our vehicles to gain the practice hours required, with learners as young as 16 able to join the co-op and start experiencing life without car ownership, while driving behaviours are still being formed."

      Joining a carshare offers other benefits, such as more independence and the ability to obtain employment in areas that might not be well-served by transit. And there are no parking fees when the driver leaves the vehicle after reaching his or her destination.

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