Vancouver City Council is set to hear a proposal to extend a year-long moratorium on issuing taxi licenses next week.
Councillor Geoff Meggs says there’s no point though, because the city and province are at odds with how taxis and ride-sharing companies like Uber can work together.
“We’ve just had conflict. We really need to have Victoria’s policy clearly in our mind, and then we will decide how to proceed. But at this point Minster Peter Fassbender is conducting a review of ride-sharing and how it will fit in. It’s likely the province will recommend some significant changes.”
He says it is difficult to know what those changes might look like.
“We just don’t know what their plans are, they are still formulating. They may change the boundaries, or eliminate municipal boundaries… I’m just speculating. But there is any number of very significant changes the province has been hearing recommendations on and I don’t know what direction they will actually go.”
That report isn’t due until after the provincial election in May.
But President Mohan Kang with the B.C. Taxi Association says the government should focus on the public.
“We are disappointed that the City of Vancouver continues to block the approval of 38 suburban taxi licenses as approved by the Passenger Transportation Board and it is nothing but RED TAPE which the Provincial Government must address to make sure that public convenient and public safety is taken care of.”