'So not lit': BC reacts to rideshare legislation timeline

On Monday B.C.'s government unveiled legislation that paves the way for ride-hailing to hit B.C. in late 2019

The B.C. government tabled Bill 55, the Passenger Transportation Amendment Act, on Monday, with an intention to pass it by the end of the year.

"What we heard (Monday) was a system that the transportation board is going to determine how many cars are on the road in any particular area at any particular time, which completely defeats the objective, we think, of ride-sharing".

Trevena would not commit to a specific date she believes ride-hailing services will be available to British Columbians - only that insurance products for ride-hailing companies should be available in about a year's time.

The provincial government introduced legislation to modernize B.C.'s taxi industry on Monday, but it remains unclear when the first ride-hailing vehicles will hit the road.

Applications from ride-hailing companies wanting to enter the market are expected to be submitted to the Passenger Transportation Board by fall 2019.

Michael van Hemmen, Uber's general manager of cities for Western Canada, said he has no idea why the province chose to make a Class 4 licence a requirement for ride-hailing drivers, particularly when other provinces allow people to use their regular licences. "We are committed to working with all stakeholders on the government's promise to bring Uber to B.C.", Uber said. "Why do we need to wait so long?"

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Van Hemmen said that because the legislation doesn't directly address licence class, Uber and others will continue to lobby to have a Class 5 licence be the standard, if the driver has a safe record.

"Ride-hailing enterprises like Uber helped invent the gig economy, where jobs are created to be precarious, unstable, and mostly low-paying". Earlier this year, there was some suggestion that ride-hailing would be allowed in B.C. sometime in 2018.

"The legislation now proposed raises a number of challenges". "Workers need a level playing field and more clout to deal with rich and powerful companies", she said.

North Vancouver-Seymour Liberal MLA Jane Thornthwaite said the way the NDP keeps pumping the brakes on ride hailing is a "huge disappointment". "The legislation aligns with city council's priorities and will result in more transportation options that are safe, flexible and convenient for people", Helps said.

It extends the government's ability to regulate "transportation network companies" such as Uber or Lyft, and requires a class 4 commercial licence to operate a vehicle as part of that network.

The regulations also give taxi companies more flexibility to pick up and drop off passengers in different municipalities, an ongoing frustration that leaves many people stranded.

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