Vancouver Mayor Kennedy Stewart just tweeted on Twitter that the city’s staff will be ready to issue licenses to ride-hailing companies Lyft and Uber today.
This news comes just after this morning’s announcement that the Passenger Transportation Board (PTB) approved Lyft and Uber’s applications to operate in Metro Vancouver.
Does it mean that Vancouverites will have new modes of efficient transportation in the city before the weekend?
We certainly hope so.
The government sent out a release today priding themselves on bringing ride-hailing to the province.
“British Columbians have been asking for new ride hailing services since 2012, but the old government failed to get it done. Our government did the hard work and delivered,” Clair Trevena, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, said in a press statement.
“Since September 2019, the Passenger Transportation Board has been reviewing applications from 29 ride-hail companies and submissions from stakeholders," she added. "In the board’s decisions, it has committed to closely monitoring fleet sizes and minimum pricing to avoid potential impacts on traffic congestion and to ensure adequate incomes for drivers."
Hopefully Metro Vancouver will no longer be a laughing stock for our lack of ride-hailing services, especially during peak tourism months where line-ups for taxis are ridiculously long and unnecessary at the arrivals hall at Vancouver International Airport, and the cruise-ship terminal at Canada Place.