As promised, B.C. The government introduced smoke prevention legislation today, which will allow companies like Uber or Lyft to enter the province next year if the requirements are met.
"This is milestone legislation that gets ri-hailing right for BC," said Claire Trevena, Transport and Inframinister, in a press release. "British Columbians absolutely want more opportunities and flexibility in how they get around, but with check in place to ensure their trip is safe."
The Passenger Transport Amendment Act, which was sent today, will allow ICBC to develop a new rifle insurance product for the fall of 2019, "explains the government, while" a new data-driven approach to to improve taxi service and driving opportunities, especially on high demands and peak times, by strengthening passenger agency authority to determine prices, car supplies and operating areas. "
The proposed changes will also ensure Passengers are not stranded when traveling from one city to another another while a new per-trip fee is added to "finance more accessibility options for the disabled."
The government says stifters punishable up to $ 100,000 can be enforced for taxi drivers and riders who violate the law.
And of course, a "new legislative committee will review these changes as regulations have been introduced to ensure that the government is on track with modern, safe taxi and ride service."
The new law on passenger transport requires taxi and riders to maintain a Class 4 Passenger Card (drive up to 10 people) and mandatory criminal recordings. Currently, the class 5 licenses are used by regular drivers on the road.
"We recommend the British Columbia government to use a data-driven approach and to expand the Authority's authority to set prices and prevent the kind of price gouging we have seen by some international players," said TappCar spokesman Pascal Ryffel in an email to iPhone in Canada . "TappCar is a proud Canadian company headquartered in Canada. We hire Canadians and we pay taxes in Canada. By equalizing the rules, TappCar and other local rideshare companies, they will be able to compete with the international players."
NDP- The government says that they expect applications from companies such as Uber and Lyft to be sent by PTB in autumn 2019.
There is no word on how long it takes to process these programs, meaning at least one year wait for Uber or Lift to set foot in BC How long can you wait to try Uber or Lift in the province ?