BC Liberals reintroduce ride-hailing bill

VICTORIA (February 14, 2019) – BC Liberal Transportation Critic Jordan Sturdy reintroduced a bill that will bring ride-hailing to British Columbia right away. The bill was voted down by the BC NDP last fall.

“No other jurisdiction has attempted to obstruct ride-hailing the way the NDP is trying to do in British Columbia,” says Sturdy. “This shouldn’t come as a surprise given that just yesterday we found out NDP MLA Ravi Kahlon has at least one family member with a taxi license, and he failed to disclose this potential conflict of interest while at the same time making committee recommendations on ride-hailing regulations.”

The Miscellaneous Statutes (Passenger Transportation Services) Amendment Act brought forward by Sturdy allows for consumer-based ride-hailing to happen in B.C. within months.

By contrast, NDP legislation contains onerous regulations designed to prevent ride-hailing operators from entering the market.

The government’s blatant attempt to block a consumer demand-driven ride-hailing model has even caught the attention of the Competition Bureau of Canada, which has publicly urged the government to reduce barriers to entry and to provide a level playing field.

“There are line-ups at Vancouver International Airport of hundreds of people waiting for taxis in the rain—and more recently, in the snow,” says Sturdy. “This whole mess could have been avoided if the NDP hadn’t voted down our bill down last year. It’s time to give the people of British Columbia what they want. The NDP’s obstruction and excuses just aren’t good enough.”

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