Uber will make its case to all-party legislative committee in Vancouver

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      The world's largest ride-sharing company will make a presentation today to the legislative committee on Crown corporations.

      The committee will hear from Uber and others during a daylong session in the 320 Strategy Room at the Wosk Centre for Dialogue (580 West Hastings Street).

      In November, the legislature authorized the committee "to examine, inquire into and make recommendations on ridesharing in British Columbia".

      The committee's terms of reference allow it to make recommendations in the following areas:

      • How provinces with public auto insurance companies have provided, or are looking to provide, insurance to both transportation network companies and the taxi industry;
      • Assessing the impact transportation network companies would have on different communities across the province; and,
      • Considering the regulatory regime that may be established between the Province and municipalities, including looking at the issue of public safety.

      Its report must be filed by February 15.

      The committee is chaired by Bowinn Ma, the NDP MLA for North Vancouver-Lonsdale, but her party only has four of the nine members. She's also the parliamentary secretary for TransLink.

      Other committee members are deputy chair Stephanie Cadieux, B.C. Green Leader Andrew Weaver, Spencer Chandra Herbert, Jas Johal, Ravi Kahlon, Peter Milobar, Rachna Singh, and Jordan Sturdy.

      In October, the NDP government appointed long-time civil servant Catharine Reid to chair the Passenger Transportation Board, which regulates the taxi industry.

      That same month, Weaver introduced a private member's bill to bring ride-sharing to B.C.

      Rather than support this bill, the NDP government chose to launch a review of ride-sharing, which will be overseen by transportation-industry expert Dan Hara.

      During the provincial election campaign, the NDP promised to introduce ride-sharing by the end of 2017 if it was elected.

      "We need to 'level up' standards across the province to ensure we don't lose low-cost, predictable fares, accessible services, safe cars, and drivers subject to appropriate criminal record checks," the party pledged.