Uber is still not available in B.C. (Katya Slepian/Black Press)

NDP tap brakes on ride sharing despite election promises

Transportation Minister Claire Trevena says government can’t pinpoint the timing of policy

Election promises to bring ride sharing to British Columbia by the end of the year have shifted to the slow lane as the New Democrat government says safety for passengers and operators comes first.

Transportation Minister Claire Trevena says the government is studying safety and regulatory issues and she can’t pinpoint the timing of policy that will allow ride-sharing operations like Uber and Lyft.

The New Democrats and Liberals promised ride sharing this year in their election platforms, while plans by the Greens to speed up the service aren’t getting much traction.

READ: Transportation Minister Claire Trevena says the government is studying safety and regulatory issues and she can’t pinpoint the timing of policy

Green Leader Andrew Weaver says he will introduce a private member’s bill in the coming weeks that paves the way for ride sharing in B.C.

He says the bill can spark debate about the service in B.C., but the Opposition Liberals and the NDP are steering away from Weaver.

A spokesman for B.C.’s taxi industry says ride sharing must undergo extensive consultations, while a statement from Uber says all the parties should follow through on their election promises.

The Canadian Press

Just Posted

Kiosk designed to help residents, visitors of Parksville Qualicum Beach

Parksville chamber hopes this to be first of many

Site C dam goes ahead, cost estimate now up to $10.7 billion

Premier John Horgan says Christy Clark left him no other choice

Corfield Street construction starts in Parksville

Crews will avoid shopping centre disruptions during Christmas

Intersection cleared after two-car accident in downtown Parksville

Incident was at intersection of Highway 19A and Highway 4A

VIDEO: New series takes in-depth look at sexual harassment in B.C.

Black Press takes a hard look at sexual harassment in B.C.

B.C. dog owners warn about chain collars after puppy almost strangled

Young Rottweiler pup couldn’t breathe after another dog caught tooth on his collar

Accused NYC subway bomber expected to face federal charges

Akayed Ullah, 27, was charged Tuesday with terrorism and weapons related charges

Strategy announced for Indigenous cancer care

Various stakeholders have come together to provide a road map from prevention to survivorship

Police continue to seek missing Qualicum Beach woman

Oceanside RCMP requesting public assistance in locating Carmel Georgina Gilmour

Environmental groups slam NDP decision to continue with Site C

Construction industry, meanwhile, is cautiously optimistic about how the project will look

Oceanside Generals notch Sweet shutout

VIJHL squad rolls to 6-0 win over Comox in Parksville

B.C. Conservatives applaud Site C decision

B.C. Conservatives happy with government decision to proceed

Hwy. 1 avalanche improvements promise less delays

B.C.’s new remote avalanche-control systems near Revelstoke are ready for avalanche season

Most Read