Uber and Lyft have been operating in Metro Vancouver since late January, but moving forward they will be operating under a standalone regional licence.
The City of Vancouver has approved both ride-hailing giants to receive the inter-municipal business licences (IMBL) for ride-hailing, which replaces municipal licences and allows the companies to pick up and drop off passengers across the Lower Mainland under one licence and fee structure.
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Regional mayors approved the framework of the IMBL in late January, and municipal governments adopted the policy replacing their own short-lived licences.
The annual IMBL licensing fee for each company is $155, and the per vehicle fees are $150 for each standard vehicle and $30 for each zero-emission vehicle. Wheelchair accessible vehicles are exempt from the fee.
The IMBL’s participating cities include Abbotsford, Anmore, Bowen Island, Burnaby, Chilliwack, Coquitlam, Delta, Harrison Hot Springs, City of Langley, Township of Langley, Lions Bay, Maple Ridge, New Westminster, City of North Vancouver, District of North Vancouver, Pitt Meadows, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Richmond, Squamish, Surrey, Vancouver, West Vancouver, and White Rock.
The City of Vancouver regulates the IMBL on behalf of all participating cities. This is the final step for ride-hailing companies after they receive permission from the provincial Passenger Transportation Board to operate a transportation network service.
On May 5, the city approved the first IMBL for ride-hailing to Kabu.