It looks as if the City of Surrey is saying no to Uber.
“I’m not in favour of Uber in Surrey.”
That from the chair of Surrey City Council’s Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Councillor Tom Gill, who says the popular ride-share service doesn’t meet the requirements of the region’s second largest city.
“I think that there are a number of issues that still need to be addressed. I don’t feel that Uber meets the benchmarks that we need in Surrey.”
Gill says there are enough taxis on the road in Surrey to meet the public’s needs, and Uber drivers don’t carry adequate insurance.
The comments come in the wake of a presentation to the committee from the B.C. Taxi Association, representing suburban cab companies.
BCTA President Mohan Kang says Uber isn’t fighting fair, and they’re forced their way into other jurisdictions like Ottawa and Calgary outside of municipal bylaws.
“Do they care for anybody? Or you think, if that is their way, there should not be any boundaries. Whoever is a powerful person, they should just take over?”
He says his organization and the city agree that Uber’s operations don’t fit within Surrey’s city bylaws because of insurance issues – and he warns that Uber drivers lack formal training.
He says the taxi industry isn’t without blame, and understands there are problems finding a cab at times.
But he says they’re working on it with technology like the new eCab app, and finding ways to work with other cab companies for better service.