The provincial government has now unveiled their long-awaited rideshare legislation. Under the legislation, ride-hailing companies will be able to enter the BC market – but not until at least the fall of 2019.
If passed, the Passenger Transportation Amendment Act will also require ICBC to develop insurance for the industry, which will take a substantial amount of time.
Needless to say, although the legislation comes as progress to some, many British Columbians were unhappy with the timeline of the rollout of the services.
Here are some of the best reactions to the announcement.
Some hip Premier we have – no Uber for 2 more years? So not lit, John. And a terrible message to send tech entrepreneurs.
— Jordan Bateman (@jordanbateman) November 19, 2018
It’s not even Uber….really just a new taxi, regulated by the Government, called Uber
— Bigblugaru (@bigbluegaru) November 20, 2018
Another day, another lie. Thanks @bcndp for lying to us regarding ridesharing in BC. Your election promise was 2017, now it’s “maybe” 2019? And blaming ICBC for the hold up is great too.. ICBC is a CrownCorp.. Meaning you have power to push through the insurance needed..
— mediar 🔜 MFF (@mediarz) November 20, 2018
@ICBC. Charge uber the same rate as taxis. Same goes for a class 4 drivers license. Just classify uber as a taxi. Done. Saved you a year of dickering and horrible meetings.
— Dragonmyass (MFF) (@ScaleyMurrsuit) November 20, 2018
— Neil Moody (@Neil_Moody_) November 20, 2018
Come on @jjhorgan are you a liar or just a bad politician? Where is ridesharing in BC? You promised it in 2017. We are still waiting.
Being unique is great, but being literally the only city with a major league franchise, that doesn’t have Uber/Lyft, is an embarrassment.
— mediar 🔜 MFF (@mediarz) November 20, 2018
— Jackie Tegart (@tegart_jackie) November 20, 2018
@jjhorgan > 2 years for UBER? If you really wanted to get it done in 6 months, you would. You’re stalling because of money! The cabbies in Vancouver deserve to fail. Worst ever.
— C.T. Dockers (@CottonDockers) November 20, 2018
@jjhorgan @clairetrevena You guys should’ve not let Netflix in BC so you could have saved movie rental stores. Same thing as what’s happening to the cab industry vs ride-sharing. Sometimes things evolve. #bcpoli @Uber_Canada
— Ridesharing for BC (@Throwaw74511900) November 20, 2018
Between @jjhorgan @clairetrevena @bcndp @icbc residents of the #MetroVancouver area will never see @Uber or @lyft operate here. Ridiculous and useless regulations from a useless government and a corporation that can’t manage itself. #Uber #Lyft #ridesharing
— Steven (@IAmEvenSteven) November 20, 2018
This holiday season, take transit, carpool, hire a limo, walk. Do anything but call a cab. Time to boycott.. #bcpoli #ridesharenow #ridesharebcnow @ridesharingnow @jjhorgan @BCGreens https://t.co/p7HXqTJ6fg
— Mike Macleod (@themassisback) November 20, 2018
— Philip Meyer (@ptmeyer) November 20, 2018
— Kevin Skipworth (@kevinskipworth) November 20, 2018
BC’s Minister of Transportation says she doesn’t know what the market for rideshare in the province is going to be.
— Farhan Mohamed (@farhanmohamed) November 19, 2018
— Harpsama (@harpsama) November 19, 2018
— Maximus (@atbmaximus) November 19, 2018
I can’t…I just…can’t. 🤦🏾♀️ this is a stalling tactic and will just become another topic for next election. No other city or province has ever needed to take this long to implement ridesharing. Ridiculous.
— Aliza Vellani (@AlizaVellani) November 19, 2018
Just in time for the Canucks Stanley Cup runs. #WhenTheStarsAlign
— Perry Sky Jack – Graphic Designer (@SkylzDesign) November 19, 2018
— Jono (@jonolester1) November 20, 2018
This is an unnacceptable amount of red tape over a fairly simple, and now common everywhere else service. You need to do better than this.
— Perdomology (@Perdomology) November 20, 2018
NOW!! Not another year!
— Sandy (@YVRspace) November 20, 2018
2019 fall? Get this done. There is world-wide precedent already and our region taxi service is an embarrassment. Not being able to get a taxi leaves people vulnerable or pushes them to drive when they shouldnt
— dustin fluff (@DustinFluff) November 20, 2018
I hope you don’t mess this up. Ride sharing has become the norm all over the world and you guys keep making road blocks with insurance etc. Stop trying to hold our hands. There is a huge demand for this service and you don’t need to reinvent the wheel.Stop pandering to the taxis.
— Mike Lauriente (@MikeLauriente) November 20, 2018