Next time you jump in a cab in B.C., you might notice something a little different about the meter.
The Passenger Transportation Board has greenlit a switch to soft meters; that is, a metering system run on a phone or tablet.
PTB chair Don Zurowski says the tools have benefits for both operators – and consumers.
“A more innovative dispatch system, they can use the cloud for tracking, this system also allows for the very easy printing of a receipt, that shows the fares charged, the location that’s picked up and dropped off.”
“Within six months it must have an audio capacity, so that would mean that visually impaired or wheelchair patron riding in the back of a wheelchair van will hear the visual components. So they will know what their fare is.”
While the board has given the meters the go ahead they aren’t mandatory, meaning some cabs may stick with the old style meter.