Open Letter from David: Ride Sharing in BC

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March 8, 2017 | David Eby

Quoted from the letter:

I have spoken with people who have used services like Uber or Lyft while travelling and enjoy the convenience. I have also spoken with neighbours who are reasonably concerned for the futures of families who have purchased taxi licenses using a second mortgage on a home, for example. I have spoken with people who have had concerns about the conduct of some ride sharing companies as corporate citizens, and who have questions about safety and working conditions for drivers. I have spoken with people who share some or all of the above concerns and opinions.

Based on your feedback to me, I support ride sharing where there is a fair wage for drivers, where companies play by the rules, where adequate insurance is in place to protect drivers and passengers, where background checks on drivers ensure passenger safety, and where people with disabilities have continued access. I believe it is critically important to address ride sharing in a way that improves lives for families, and respects our community.

Unfortunately, it’s not clear to me where the government stands on these important questions, because they have not introduced any bills for us to consider and their public statements indicate that they’re not certain how their plan will deal with any of these points. When they present a formal bill or plan, which is unlikely to happen before the writ period of the election, I will be sure to provide you with an update.

Read the full letter from David here: Ridesharing in BC: Open Letter to Constituents