An hour long wait for a cab in Vancouver can be normal on a busy night, but how about in the suburbs at 4:30 in the afternoon on a Sunday?
A Maple Ridge man says he drove two seniors home after they said they waited too long for a cab.
Colin Roarty was leaving Walmart at Haney Place mall when two elderly women asked for a ride home because they had been waiting over an hour for a taxi.
“There was ice all over the place, one of them had a walker, and they were probably in their mid-80’s. They were both totally distressed.”
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Him and his wife drove the two women home.
“It was going to start getting dark, they were probably how they weren’t able to get a cab, so their last effort was to ask a stranger.”
He’s calling on the province to move faster to bring in ride-sharing solutions like Uber.
“These seniors I’m sure don’t have smartphones, they might not be able to summon an Uber but if there was Uber around, I’m sure they wouldn’t have a problem getting a taxi.”
Roarty says he’s given up on cabs in Maple Ridge, he says waiting up to an hour or more is normal.
CKNW has yet to hear back from Alouette Taxi, the company that serves Maple Ridge.
Icy conditions may have been the cause
B.C. Taxi Association President Mohan Kang says it’s unusual to wait an hour for a cab in Maple Ridge and icy conditions may have caused delays.
“Lately, really bad weather. The taxis in any place would take much more time to serve in a timely fashion. We don’t want people to wait one hour, not even 15 minutes even.”
Kang also says cars are ready to go, but the city is lagging in the number of ‘chauffeur permits’ it’s issuing.