The City of Vancouver has a new taxi policy, but it won’t come with any new cabs for the time being.
It was a marathon council meeting, that in the end, rejected a bid by suburban cab companies to operate in the city on weekends.
Councillor Geoff Meggs says the city has been happy with Vancouver taxi companies and would rather see more local, accessible cabs.
“Basically what council decided was that we should stick with what we know and are doing well, which is providing quality taxi service. The Vancouver companies have proposed a major expansion of wheelchair accessible taxis.”
But that expansion has been stalled for nearly a year, with the province rejecting repeated bids for new disability cab licenses.
Which means for stranded taxi riders, the rubber may not hit the road for some time.
City has no change in policy towards Uber
The city is also yet again closing the door on ride share company Uber.
And asked directly whether the company would play by the rules, Van Hemmen had this to say.
“Is your company committed to following the laws of the province when it comes to launching your service?”
“We’re absolutely committed to following the regular environment as it falls into place. And so what we find is in jurisdiction after jurisdiction we actually fall into an unregulated space.”
In the end council kicked the issue over to the province, calling for a round table with ICBC and the Passenger Transportation Board.