BC’s Community and TransLink Minister faced regional mayors on the UBER issue today.
Peter Fassbender says he’s consulting with everyone; mayors, UBER, and a taxi industry he says has some rather strong opinions.
However, Fassbender says he’s in no rush to table a framework to allow UBER to operate.
He wouldn’t even commit to getting it done before next year’s election.
“I’m not going to speculate on a timeframe that presumes a number of things. Depends on the legislature sitting, and all of those things.”
Fassbender says he will also look at other communities like Ottawa which wants to levy a ride fee to then go into an accessibility fund.
“What we need to be mindful of is the needs of consumers and the public in our province, in our communities, and the disability community is a huge part of that. So, as we’ve done with TransLink, we want to make sure that people have accessibility to appropriate transportation when we need it. So we will be looking at all those kinds of issues as well.”
The mayors had plenty to say, raising concerns about liability insurance, safety, security and accessibility.