On Thursday, January 23, 2020, the Passenger Transportation Board approved the Uber and Lyft applications to operate in the Lower Mainland and Whistler.
“The Surrey Board of Trade is pleased with the approval of the Lyft and Uber applications to operate in the Lower Mainland,” said Anita Huberman CEO of the Surrey Board of Trade and member of the Ridesharing Coalition. “We have been an ongoing advocate of ridesharing. With the decision to move to a regional business license system for this industry, we can’t wait until ridesharing is actually in operation.”
“However, the red tape for drivers with the Class 4 license presents an ongoing issue. We will continue advocating for this industry, as well as for the taxi industry, for a level playing field – and for the taxi industry to go across municipal boundaries.”
“Surrey needs ridesharing. Surrey needs more transit and transportation options. We hope all local government decision makers see the need for this in Surrey.”
For more information on the decision visit https://www.ptboard.bc.ca/documents/2020-01-23_board_press-release_additional_ridehail_decisions.pdf
To read the full decision document on Uber’s application visit https://www.ptboard.bc.ca/applications/2020/20200123/Uber-Decision-Final-w-appendices.pdf
To read the full decision document on Lyft’s application visit https://www.ptboard.bc.ca/applications/2020/20200123/Lyft-Decision-Final-w-appendices.pdf
Anita Huberman, 604-634-0342, firstname.lastname@example.org