Uber and Lyft could be operating on B.C. roads as early as September 16th, according to the provincial government, which announced today its regulations on licensing and insurance for ride hailing will be in effect as of that date.
Ride hailing companies would first need to apply for permission to operate through the Passenger Transportation Board with applications being accepted beginning September 3rd.
The PTB, an independent board, is also responsible for setting guidelines around supply, boundaries and fares.
“Our plan has made it possible for ride-hailing companies to apply to enter the market this fall, with vehicles on the road later this year, while ensuring the safety of passengers and promoting accessibility options in the industry,” said Transportation Minister Claire Trevena in a statement.
“British Columbians have been asking and waiting for these services after more than five years of delay by the former government. We took action to allow for the services people want and we’re delivering on that promise.”