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New coali­tion cam­paigns for ride-hail­ing ser­vices in B.C.

- Canada News · Politics · British Columbia · Vancouver

Eight B.C. or­ga­ni­za­tions are join­ing forces to ad­vo­cate ride-hail­ing ser­vices in the prov­ince as soon as pos­si­ble.

The Rideshar­ing Now B.C. coali­tion has been formed by groups in­clud­ing the Van­cou­ver Board of Trade, B.C. Busi­ness Coun­cil and the Cana­dian Na­tional In­sti­tute for the Blind.

A re­lease from the coali­tion says it has launched a let­ter-writ­ing cam­paign to B.C. politi­cians call­ing for a com­pet­i­tive ride-hail­ing in­dus­try “that can de­liver much­needed choice to B.C. pas­sen­gers.”

Sup­port­ers are di­rected to theridesha­r­ing­ web­site, where they can sign and email a let­ter to their rep­re­sen­ta­tive in the leg­is­la­ture call­ing for speedy in­tro­duc­tion of ride-hail­ing ser­vices.

“The B.C. gov­ern­ment ap­pears to be mov­ing to­ward a model that would sim­ply re­place the taxi mo­nop­oly with a one-app mo­nop­oly that favours taxis,” Coali­tion spokesman Ian Tosten­son says in the re­lease.

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