B.C.’s Liberal government says it will allow ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft into the province, should the Liberal party win May’s provincial election.

The companies will be allowed to operate in B.C. by December 2017, said Transportation Minister Todd Stone.

Stone and TransLink Minister Peter Fassbender made the announcement in Vancouver on Tuesday, after more than a year of consultation on how to regulate ride-hailing without decimating B.C.’s existing taxi industry.

The government will give the taxi industry $1 million to help it develop an app to compete with Uber, and ICBC will spend $3.5 million to equip the taxi industry with crash-avoidance technology in all taxis, as well as improve the insurance system for ride-hailing, announced the government.

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Rob Shaw – Vancouver Sun – March 7, 2017.


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