(Black Press Media file photo)

UPDATE: Transportation minister defends new steps in B.C. ride-hailing application

Changes were made to provide additional information

British Columbians hoping to use ride-hailing for the holidays may be disappointed, as companies now have to submit additional information to be approved.

In a Wednesday bulletin, the Passenger Transportation Board said it will allow applicants’ to view each other’s submissions and provide their comments in a bid to increase transparency.

The application packages will be redacted before they are made available, the board said. Applicants will have seven days to review them. Third parties will be able to give feedback on the applications as well.

On Thursday, Premier John Horgan defended the extra steps, saying that the province is moving as quickly as possible while trying to maintain public safety.

READ MORE: B.C. sets rules for ride hailing, same minimum fee as taxis

Opposition critic Richmond-Queensborough MLA Jas Johal called out the government for stalling on ride-hailing.

“The NDP has modified the application process for one simple reason: to help their friends,” he said. “People are demanding ride-hailing and now face a much longer delay.”

But Transportation Minister Claire Trevena said she’s confident ride-hailing will be here by the end of the year.

“We have 19 companies wanting to operate in B.C., from the big internationals — the Ubers and Lyfts — to Canadian companies, to small companies that want to operate right across this province,” Trevena said.

“They are doing their job, reviewing those applications to ensure everyone is well served — the customers, the drivers, other drivers on the road.”


@katslepian

katya.slepian@bpdigital.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Northern Health preparing ‘for a changing situation’ in response to COVID-19

The health authority is taking a number of measures to free up hospital capacity where possible

Grant could help ease road rebuild cost

Would help pay for sidewalk, bike lane

Terrace Library, Misty River Books adapt amid COVID-19 to keep readers reading

Library also unrolling online programs to keep kids occupied

Preventable accidents may impede Search and Rescue capacity during pandemic

TSAR vice president urges outdoor enthusiasts to pause risky activities

Rio Tinto donates masks to Kitimat RCMP officers

Providing safety glasses as well

B.C. VIEWS: Small businesses need our help

Just as integral in neighbourhoods in Vancouver and Surrey as they are in Prince George or Kelowna

‘Tremendous’ response from blood donors has supply keeping pace with demand

About 400,000 of Canada’s 37 million residents give blood on a regular basis

Morning world update: Cases surge past 600,000; positive news in Germany

Spain suffers its deadliest day as Germany considers April 20 to possibly loosen restrictions

VIDEO: Penguins roam empty halls of Vancouver Aquarium

COVID-19 has forced the Vancouver Aquarium to close access to guests – leaving room for its residents

Kids get back to learning in B.C., online

Ministry of Education rolls out new tool for school

67 more B.C. COVID-19 cases, two more deaths in Vancouver region

Positive tests found in Surrey, Langley long-term care facilities

‘Now is not the time to bag that peak’: BCSAR manager discourages risky outdoor adventures

Call volumes are not going down, even as the COVID-19 pandemic persists

Most Read