Ride sharing coming to BC

The Province isn't about to allow Uber..just yet.  But it is coming.

BC plans to introduce a series of improvements to help the taxi industry modernize and remain competitive in anticipation of ride-sharing services coming to the province by the holiday season.

One of the initiatives announced this morning is a new app-based technology.  

The Province will invest up to $1 million to help the taxi industry develop an app with the capability of shared dispatch to allow the taxi sector province-wide to better compete with new entrants to the market.  It will also allow customers to hail and pay for a taxi with a smartphone in the same way that they would for a ride-sharing service.

Beginning this summer, government will seek additional input from taxi drivers, the ride-sharing and taxi industries, police, airports, municipalities, ICBC and RoadSafety B.C. as the Province finalizes its plan in time for the 2017 holiday season.

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