Ride-hailing firms will make their case to all-party legislative committee in Vancouver

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By Charlie Smith, The Georgia Straight

Jan 8th, 2018 – The committee will hear from Uber and others during a daylong session in the 320 Strategy Room at the Wosk Centre for Dialogue (580 West Hastings Street).

In November, the legislature authorized the committee “to examine, inquire into and make recommendations on ridesharing in British Columbia”.

The committee’s terms of reference allow it to make recommendations in the following areas:

  • How provinces with public auto insurance companies have provided, or are looking to provide, insurance to both transportation network companies and the taxi industry;
  • Assessing the impact transportation network companies would have on different communities across the province; and,
  • Considering the regulatory regime that may be established between the Province and municipalities, including looking at the issue of public safety.

Its report must be filed by February 15.

The committee is chaired by Bowinn Ma, the NDP MLA for North Vancouver-Lonsdale, but her party only has four of the nine members. She’s also the parliamentary secretary for TransLink.

Other committee members are deputy chair Stephanie Cadieux, B.C. Green Leader Andrew Weaver, Spencer Chandra Herbert, Jas Johal, Ravi Kahlon, Peter Milobar, Rachna Singh, and Jordan Sturdy.

Read the full article at the Georgia Straight here: https://www.straight.com/news/1015296/uber-will-make-its-case-all-party-legislative-committee-vancouver