“We really need to get there somehow”
Mary Zilba of Real Housewives of Vancouver has added her voice to the growing chorus of people who want to see Uber in Vancouver.
But as a Real Housewife is wont to do, she’s taken it one step further. Together with Rosemary Siemens on piano, Eli Bennett on sax, and Jessee Sukkau on vocals, Zilba has dropped a single on YouTube titled, #VancoUBER.
“I know there must be a way to get me home. I really need an Uber right now, I really need to get there somehow.”
The video of the Uber quartet singing #VancoUBER, with its clever lyrics, wavering harmonies, and heart-felt melody, was a practice session recorded in advance of a Vancouver event where they planned to make their case for the ride-sharing service.
“We have sung this Uber love song for uber drivers, interviewed tax and uber drivers in cities all over the world in our travels, here’s our practice before singing and making our case for uber at an event in Vancouver!” (YouTube post)
“If I hailed a cab, I would feel so sad. There’s a better way.”
It comes at a time when both the city and the province have finally acknowledged that something needs to be done to address the shortage of transportation options for Vancouverities, while continuing to be short on any details except soundbites such as “needing a level playing field with taxi companies”, and finding a ‘made in BC’ solution”.
“Made in BC solution”
Earlier this month Community and Translink minister Peter Fassbender said the province had more work to do before making any concrete decisions about how the ride-sharing service will work.
“We are going to see a made in BC solution but I am not going to give you a date because we are going to make sure we do it right and we do it pragmatically and that we ask all the questions that need to be asked before we make any definitive steps.”
Fewer taxis and higher rates than any other Canadian city
Last month the Vancouver Board of Trade released a paper recommending a four point plan to allow taxis and ride sharing services to co-exist.
- Revisit the regulatory framework around taxis as exists today
- Establish a new regulatory framework that introduces ride sharing to the province
- Modernize the Passenger Transportation Act
- Work with ICBC to have them consult their stakeholders and then develop appropriate insurance offerings that don’t currently exist
President and CEO Iain Black pointed out that the Passenger Transportation Act hadn’t been updated in a decade and was long overdue.
According to Black, Board of Trade research determined Vancouver has fewer taxis, just 1,500 for 2.5 million people in the region, than any other Canadian city. And to make things worse,Vancouver also has higher taxi rates than any other Canadian city