Lyft has announced that it’s expanding its operating region to three new cities in Metro Vancouver.
Starting Monday, the rideshare company will begin serving Richmond, New Westminster, and North Surrey.
“We’ve seen a significant increase in the number of drivers interested in participating in this flexible earning opportunity,” says Peter Lukomskyj, General Manager of Lyft in British Columbia. “We will continue to expand and serve riders and drivers where they are.”
The announcement comes less than two weeks after the Mayors’ Council on Regional Transportation (MCRT) endorsed a single, regional Inter-Municipal Business License (IMBL).
Under the IMBL, ride-hailing companies are able to obtain a single license to operate in Passenger Transportation Board (PTB) Region 1, as opposed to obtaining separate business licenses for each municipality.
The IMBL includes a number of fees and requirements, including a $155 annual per-company fee, an additional charge of $150 per vehicle, and the requirement that the City of Vancouver collects fees and trip data on a monthly basis.
Lyft also currently has driver hub locations in Surrey, Richmond, and Vancouver.
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