VICTORIA, B.C. – Adam Olsen, B.C. Green Party spokesperson for transportation, is celebrating the passage of his amendment to the government’s legislation to enable ride-hailing in B.C.
“This amendment greatly improves the PTB’s test for approving ride-hailing license, adding much need flexibility,” said Olsen.
“Although regulating ride-hailing through the PTB is not the approach we would have taken had we been in government, as an opposition party our job is to improve legislation and find a path forward to deliver on our priorities.
“Our goal is to strike the right balance between our responsibility to ensure public safety, a fair playing field for business and delivering on our promise to make ride-hailing available for British Columbians. Our view is that the government’s approach was excessively prohibitive, while the B.C. Liberals were in favour of almost complete deregulation. Other jurisdictions with lax ride-hailing regimes have experienced issues and it’s important that we learn from their experiences. I believe this amendment, as well as the agreement by the Minister to amend the terms of reference for the legislative committee that will recommend regulations to include licensing requirements, are positive steps towards a fair and balanced ride-hailing regime."
Olsen also noted that much work remains to be done in the legislative committee that will recommend ride-hailing regulations to government.
“I look forward to working with my colleagues from all parties on the legislative committee to ensure B.C.’s ride-hailing regime strikes the right balance. Our current view is that Class 5 with additional requirements to ensure public safety would be the best approach, and that is the regulation we will encourage the B.C. Liberals and the B.C. NDP to join us with recommending to the Minister. I hope the government will accept the recommendations put forward by a majority of the committee, as they will represent a majority of seats in the House.”
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