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Vancouver Magazine - - Taste -

SPOKESPER­SON, VAN­COU­VER TAXI AS­SO­CI­A­TION; GEN­ERAL MAN­AGER, YEL­LOW CAB PRE­VI­OUSLY #38, 2016

An­other year with­out Uber is an­other year of mo­nop­o­lis­tic profit for Van­cou­ver’s taxi in­dus­try, which faces no com­pe­ti­tion in the ride-hail­ing in­dus­try. The B.C. govern­ment has de­layed its plans to re­form the in­dus­try yet again— this time un­til Septem­ber 2019—though the goal is to in­crease the prov­ince’s cab fleet by 15 per­cent. That means about 300 new cabs roam­ing the streets of the taxi-starved Lower Main­land—in the­ory. The move is op­tional and based on in­dus­try im­per­a­tives, not con­sumer de­mand.

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