By: Brad Neal, Published on October 15, 2017 05:57 PM, Last Update on October 31, 2017 02:58 PM
British Columbia is still working towards adopting ride-sharing in the province and is likely to face opposition from the taxi industry, which views Uber as a serious threat. In a potential move to smooth the path, the B.C. government announced it has hired an industry expert to work with the taxi industry and prepare it for the so-called Made-in-B.C. solution.
Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Claire Trevena said in a press release Dan Hara of Ottawa-based Hara Associates will help the province work with the taxi industry. Hara is an expert who has been providing consultation for vehicle-for-hire regulators for three decades.
“He is renowned for his knowledge of the taxi industry in North America and has undertaken a number of reviews for cities and provinces across Canada as they brought in commercial rideshare services,” the ministry reported. Past clients include the cities of Edmonton, Sudbury (Ont.), Halifax, Calgary, Ottawa, Waterloo (Ont.), Hamilton (Ont.), Mississauga (Ont.) as well as Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, the State of Victoria (Australia) and Saudi Arabia (via Ernst & Young).
“People want more options for getting around quickly, safely and affordably, including ridesharing,” Trevena suggested in the release. “That’s why we hired industry expert Dan Hara to help us deliver a made-in-B.C. approach to ridesharing that will keep people safe, and work for all regions of the province.”
The review will include: