British Columbia has been among the slowest Canadian provinces to move towards regulating Uber and other ride-sharing companies. B.C. now says that it will unveil its plans for Transport Network Companies (TNCs) in September.
While a new regulation bylaw will not be create then, the province will detail in a discussion paper its proposal for regulating ride-sharing companies.
Peter Fassbender is the cabinet minister has been heading the review team that will make the decision over Uber’s future in British Columbia. He has said that the review team has completed most of its information and has spoken to the taxi industry and insurance industry ahead of recommending a new bylaw.
“We will be putting out a discussion document that will highlight what we’ve heard and what we think we should be looking at in the province of British Columbia to have a made-in-B.C. solution,” said Fassbender. Public safety, fair treatment for the conventional taxi industry and insurance concerns will be addressed, he said.
With the recommendation coming in September, the long term plan is to have a clear path before the provincial elections. Considering that vote happens in May 2017, Uber, consumers, and taxi drivers will likely be hoping the province clears up the debate before that.
“We’ll be asking for further input, then minister (Todd) Stone, who is the minister responsible for the legislative framework and the regulations will then be bringing forward to cabinet and government where we should be going,” said Fassbender.