Tuesday, September 19, 2023

BC Legislature Committee seeks input on Taxi and Ride Hailing services and other Transportation themes

Taxi and Ride sharing services are among the themes currently being explored by a six member committee of the British Columbia Legislature,  the collective work directed to take on a Review when it comes to Passenger Directed Vehicle services.

Created in May of this year, the Committee is tasked to review five key areas:

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The full terms of reference for the Committee work is available for review here.

Your chance to share some thoughts or comments on what you would like to see in transportation options is now available, with the Committee issuing a call for written submissions last week.

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As they note, the deadline for the written submissions comes up on November 30th, while registration to speak at a public meeting this fall closes on September 23rd.

You can submit your written contribution here.

You can learn more about their work so far from their archive page here.

Updates on their plans moving forward will be released here.

Prince Rupert City Council has explored the theme of taxi service and the future for ride hailing in the past, some of it through community engagement through the Rupert Talks portal.

This summer the City released its final report on Transportation available here.

Some of the previous work of Council on the topic can be reviewed below:

July 2022 -- City of Prince Rupert seeks ten minutes of your time, for comments on community transportation themes
March 2022 -- Expansive Transportation planning the focus for City of Prince Rupert with calls for bids for Master Transportation Plan
April 2020 -- Road towards ride hailing in Prince Rupert remains more of a Lon and winding one 
August 2019 -- There will be No YOU in UBER in Prince Rupert; as ride sharing giant limits its pans to Vancouver for upcoming launch
July 2019-- BC prepares for era of Uber and Times for Lyfts ... but will Prince Rupert be along for the ride?
July 2018 -- City Council makes quick work of approval for new Taxi Bylaw amendment

Despite all of that conversation, for the most part, Skeena Taxi remains the only option for a ride in the community. 

Options such as Uber, Lyft and others have yet to find the conditions favourable to put down a tire track in Prince Rupert.

More notes on  provincial themes can be reviewed from our archive page.

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