With another Christmas season without ridesharing services now come and gone in BC, Uber said it is planning to address a committee made up of MLAs from all three of BC’s major parties today.
The purpose of the committee is to engage with expert witnesses, debate the issue and produce a report to be released by February 15, 2018.
The committee’s ultimate goal is to “inform the development” of ridesharing legislation to be brought forward this year.
The creation of the committee was announced by Green Party Leader Andrew Weaver in late November 2017.
At the time, Weaver said he was “delighted” the issue is “finally” being addressed.
“It has been six years since ride-hailing companies first attempted to enter the BC market,” said Weaver. “All three parties have now agreed that we need to bring this technology to BC in a regulated fashion.”
Uber is scheduled to speak to the committee at 2 pm during which the company is expected to outline the benefits of ridesharing and speak to the key components of a provincial legislative framework.
An Uber spokesperson told Daily Hive said the company is “eager to work with all MLAs to bring the benefits of ridesharing to communities across the province as soon as possible.”