Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum says he does not support ride-hailing

Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum Photo by Jay Sharma of Mahi Photo Studio

SURREY Mayor Doug McCallum on Tuesday reiterated that he does not support ride-hailing.

McCallum said in a statement: “In the wake of the Passenger Transportation Board announcement of further ride-hailing regulations in B.C. last week, my position has remained consistent for years: I do not support ride-hailing.

“These new regulations would allow ride-hailing companies the ability to pick up across boundaries, while the taxi industry must abide by limits. This would create an unlevel playing field.

“I am also not in favour of allowing unlimited fleet size for ride-hailing companies. This lack of regulation will negatively impact the environment and increase congestion. It will also negatively impact the existing taxi industry, which has loyally served Metro Vancouver’s residents for decades.”

McCallum said he had sent a letter to Premier John Horgan voicing his concerns and will continue to advocate for the taxi industry.