BC Chamber calls introduction of Ride-Hailing Legislation: “A step in the right direction.”

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However, Chamber calls for a distinct ridesharing model, and faster implementation

Nov. 19, 2018, VANCOUVER — The BC Chamber of Commerce is pleased with today’s introduction of the Passenger Transportation
Amendment Act, that will allow app-based ‘ride-hailing’ companies in BC.
“Ride-hailing services will provide reliable transportation options across the province, especially in more rural communities where choices are limited,” said Val Litwin, President and CEO, BC Chamber of Commerce. “However, B.C. needs real ridesharing solutions now that can supplement the taxi industry – not a reduced version of ridesharing a year from now.”
 
Background
The BC Chamber has long advocated for ridesharing regulations that are distinct from existing models like taxis, limousines or even carpooling. The BC Chamber has recommended the following measures be included in ridesharing regulations:
• Ridesharing companies must obtain a provincial license and pay all fees
• Ridesharing drivers must have a valid, Class 5 driver’s license issued by the province
• To be allowed on the platform, ridesharing drivers must:
o Pass a criminal background check for relevant convictions
o Pass a vehicle inspection by a certified mechanic
o Have valid insurance that meets the requirements established by the province
o Have a safe driving record
• Ridesharing drivers can only provide service through an app, and the app must provide the customer with the name and photo of the driver, make and model of the vehicle, and license plate number prior to the trip commencing. This means that no ride is anonymous and provides assurance to the passenger that the driver has been authorized to be on the digital platform
• The app must provide GPS tracking
• Passengers must be provided the fare rate in the app and an estimate of their fare
• Passenger must be able to provide feedback for each ride to ensure high-quality and safe service
• Ridesharing drivers cannot accept street hails, leaving this market to the exclusive domain of taxi companies
• Cities should be restricted from applying business licenses or other requirements that would create additional barriers beyond the provincial requirements.
 
The BC Chamber will further review the proposed legislation with other ridesharing partners to ensure the model that BC adopts allows companies such as Ubers and Lyfts to operate as intended, while also reducing red tape on existing taxi operators.
 
CONTACT:
Alexandra Skinner 
Direct: 604 638-8114
Mobile: 604 209-4399