Ride-hailing company Lyft says it has every intention of beginning operations in Metro Vancouver before the end of 2019.
However, while confident, the company has also acknowledged government restraints that’ll prevent it from operating in other regions of British Columbia.
“Lyft’s vision is to offer its proven transportation network throughout B.C., but based on the number of Class 4 commercially licensed drivers required to provide a reliable service, Lyft intends to operate in the Lower Mainland to start”, the company said.
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Early last month, the Province of British Columbia announced that the Passenger Transportation Board would be accepting applications beginning this September.
“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 the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure in a press release.
The license Lyft refers to is the requirement that ride-sharing drivers must hold a Class 4 driver’s license. A Class 4 driver’s licence requires higher driving exam scores, additional tests, as well a doctor’s exam.
The concern is that this higher barrier for entry will limit the amount of potential drivers for the company.
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In Canada, Lyft currently operates in Toronto and Ottawa, but a similar requirement is preventing Lyft from operating in Alberta.
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