No rideshar­ing in B.C. again for hol­i­day sea­son

Asian Journal - - BRITISH COLUMBIA -

Vic­to­ria: BC Lib­eral Leader An­drew Wilkin­son and Trans­porta­tion Critic Jor­dan Sturdy are call­ing on the NDP to lis­ten to Bri­tish Columbians fol­low­ing the bun­gled in­tro­duc­tion of rideshar­ing leg­is­la­tion this af­ter­noon. “We can now ex­pect an­other hol­i­day sea­son with­out rideshar­ing,” said Wilkin­son. “An­other sea­son of Bri­tish Columbians stuck out in the cold wait­ing for a ride home is un­ac­cept­able. The pre­vi­ous gov­ern­ment had the frame­work in place in 2017 but the NDP have in­sisted they know best and kicked the can down the road to maybe 2020.”

The rules and reg­u­la­tions in­tro­duced by Trans­porta­tion Min­is­ter Claire Trevena to­day will make it al­most im­pos­si­ble for rideshar­ing to ex­ist in Bri­tish Columbia.

“The NDP has set rideshar­ing up to fail in Bri­tish Columbia,” added Sturdy. “The gov­ern­ment will set the sup­ply, price, and bound­aries in­stead of al­low­ing cus­tomer de­mand to be the de­cid­ing fac­tor.”

“Cus­tomers will see no im­prove­ments as this gov­ern­ment con­tin­ues to ig­nore cus­tomers and pub­lic needs in or­der to main­tain the sta­tus quo,” added Wilkin­son. “Rideshar­ing will be seen in North Bat­tle­ford, Saskatchewan be­fore Van­cou­ver catches sight of an Uber or Lyft.” Van­cou­ver will con­tinue to be the largest city in North Amer­ica with­out rideshar­ing.

An­drew Wilkin­son

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