Seven years after Vancouver had a brief fling with Uber, the ride-hailing app may be on its way back to B.C.
Today (August 21), Green party leader Andrew Weaver announced he will table legislation to make such services legal later this year, sometime after October.
“All parties want to see B.C. be a leader in the emerging economy,” Weaver said quoted in a media release. “To do so, government must take a proactive, responsive approach that considers the wide ranging impacts of technological innovation.
“Vancouver is the largest city in North America without ridesharing—it is time we finally made this service accessible to British Columbians.”
This will be the second time that Weaver introduces legislation designed to pave the way for ridesharing, which is also (and more accurately) known as ride hailing. Last February, he tabled a private member’s bill on the subject.
In the run up to the May 2017 provincial election, all three major parties took policy positions in favour of reforming laws to allow for digital services such as Uber and its biggest competitor, Lyft.
On July 18, the new NDP premier, John Horgan, sent a mandate letter to Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Claire Travena asking her to “work with the Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General to create a fair approach to ridesharing”.
Today, Weaver said he intended to work with members of the minority NDP government as well as the Liberal Opposition party to draft the bill he intends to introduce in the fall.
“By working together, we can finally bring ridesharing to B.C. in a way that meets the needs of consumers while ensuring that B.C. businesses is [sic] able to thrive,” Weaver said.More