PTB decision on Uber and Lyft that creates a distinct disadvantage to taxis is not reasonable: BC Taxi Association

BC Taxi Association President Mohan Kang told The VOICE on Thursday that the association had accepted that “ride shares would be implemented in some reasonable form,” adding, “however, to implement ride shares in a manner that creates such a distinct disadvantage to taxis is not reasonable.”

He said: “That was and remains our position.”

Kang pointed out: “The taxi industry has not taken the position that there should never be a ride share regime in BC.”

He said the association had read and carefully considered the decisions of the Passenger Transportation Board of January 23 on approving Uber and Lyft ride sharing and noted that the applications have been approved in spite of their position that approving ride share with “no limit on the number of vehicles operating will not be in the public interest as it will hurt the taxi industry to the point that the taxi industry cannot continue in its present format.”

Also, “the lack of any defined operating area for ride shares is an unfair advantage to ride share, while taxis remain very limited to operating from small geographic areas.”

Thirdly, “the ability of ride share to significantly undercut taxis with their pricing will be predatory to taxis and ride shares can surge their prices to any amount when busy, which taxis cannot do.”

He also pointed out: “Ride shares are not required to make any vehicles available for accessible transportation, which taxi licenses are required to do.”

Also, “ride shares enjoy a much better insurance rate with ICBC, over taxi rates which are much higher for the same work,” he said.

Kang said: “The decisions are currently in the hands of our lawyers and we will be meeting with them in due course to consider their recommendations and to decide on a go forward plan for BCTA.”