When the BC Liberal government announced earlier this week that services like Uber would hit the road by the end of the year earlier this week, the province’s NDP leader called it a “political move.”
But speaking on the John McComb show, John Horgan said, yes, the BC NDP supports ride-sharing.
Horgan said its obvious ride-sharing would eventually come to BC but he didn’t agree with how Christy Clark’s government went about it.
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“All politics all the time for Christy Clark. I tabled a bill three years ago to make sure if new entrants were coming to the marketplace, let’s make sure it’s done in a way where it balances the needs of the public as well as the existing business that have operated here.”
He said not enough is being done to protect the taxi industry.
“I think we can do it in a way that’s a transition rather than a stark change. But this isn’t about making an industry irrelevant, it’s about introducing new competition that doesn’t have to play by the same regulatory regime as the old competition.”
When the government made the announcement this week, Minister responsible for TransLink Peter Fassbender announced initiatives to make sure the taxi industry would remain competitive. Some of those include $1-million to modernize taxi apps, and lifting the cap on taxi licenses.