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Rideshar­ing Could be Fur­ther De­layed in BC

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The Pas­sen­ger Trans­porta­tion Board (PTB) has sent a let­ter to rideshar­ing ap­pli­cants warn­ing them to ex­pect de­lays in their ap­pli­ca­tion be­ing pro­cessed. The de­lays are hap­pen­ing be­cause of a ju­di­cial re­view launched by the taxi in­dus­try. The PTB has also mod­i­fied the ap­pli­ca­tion process to give fur­ther dis­clo­sure to ap­pli­cants in or­der to pro­vide trans­parency.

Part of the process will now in­clude ap­pli­cants re­ceiv­ing redacted ver­sions of all the ap­pli­ca­tion pack­ages mi­nus sen­si­tive, com­pet­i­tive in­for­ma­tion. This is an ex­am­ple of the Pas­sen­ger Trans­porta­tion Board mov­ing the goal posts after ap­pli­ca­tions were al­ready sub­mit­ted by com­pa­nies like Uber and Lyft.

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Sur­rey Board of Trade Calls on Metro Van­cou­ver May­ors’ Coun­cil to Guar­an­tee a Re­gional Busi­ness Li­cense for Rideshar­ing Ser­vices The Pas­sen­ger Trans­porta­tion Board is in the midst of re­view­ing rideshar­ing ap­pli­ca­tions. The Prov­ince has promised to have rideshar­ing on the road be­fore Christ­mas. This seems un­likely with con­tin­ued lay­ered costs and red tape at each mu­nic­i­pal­ity in Metro Van­cou­ver.

“The Sur­rey Board of Trade calls on the Metro Van­cou­ver May­ors’ Coun­cil to im­ple­ment a sin­gle rideshar­ing in­dus­try li­cence – an in­ter­mu­nic­i­pal busi­ness li­cense model,” said Anita Hu­ber­man, CEO, Sur­rey Board of Trade. “This will re­move red tape and un­nec­es­sary pro­cure­ment of sep­a­rate busi­ness li­censes for every mu­nic­i­pal­ity in Metro Van­cou­ver.”

The Sur­rey Board of Trade asks Metro Van­cou­ver mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties to work to­gether to:

1. De­velop and im­ple­ment a Re­gional In­ter­mu­nic­i­pal Busi­ness Li­cence pro­gram for Metro Van­cou­ver; and

2. De­velop ed­u­ca­tion and aware­ness strate­gies to en­sure that rideshar­ing busi­nesses mem­bers are able to take ad­van­tage of the op­por­tu­ni­ties of such a pro­gram to en­sure com­pli­ance.

“The Sur­rey Board of Trade be­lieves it is of great im­por­tance to have busi­ness at the ta­ble when busi­ness by­laws are de­vel­oped and im­proved upon,” said Anita Hu­ber­man. “To­gether we can en­sure that the needs of Sur­rey and our busi­ness com­mu­nity are met while min­i­miz­ing red tape and keep­ing fees rea­son­able.”

CON­CLU­SION ON RIDESHAR­ING

“Sur­rey needs rideshar­ing,” stressed Anita Hu­ber­man. “Sur­rey needs trans­porta­tion op­tions in the face of con­tin­ued de­lays for tran­sit in­fra­struc­ture.”

“Fur­ther, the Sur­rey Board of Trade has also ad­vo­cated for a level play­ing field for the taxi in­dus­try. Both in­dus­tries can thrive to­gether. Why must the im­ple­men­ta­tion of rideshar­ing be so dif­fi­cult? We’ve been wait­ing for the past 10 years. How can we at­tract busi­ness to Sur­rey, to our re­gion, when we are the last ur­ban ju­ris­dic­tion that is with­out rideshar­ing as a trans­porta­tion op­tion?”

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