2nd response to ride share

The City of Kelowna is clarifying its position concerning provincial regulations around ride sharing.

A year ago, the city sent a letter to the Standing Committee on Crown Corporations, detailing its position on 11 questions around proposed legislation.

Last month, the committee again engaged the city, asking for a response to questions around boundaries, regulations to balance the supply of service with consumer demand, fees and class of licence for prospective drivers.

Staff have drafted a series of responses which council will be asked to approve at Monday's meeting.

Boundaries - Drivers should have the flexibility to serve the entire region without restrictions as taxi drivers have.

Supply and Demand - There should be no cap on the number of drivers. It would result in an undersupply of service at peak times.

Price - Controls should be as flexible as possible. To compete fairly, taxis should be able to respond with similar price adjustments for rides hailed through a mobile app.

License - Class 5

Ride hailing service was expected to come to B.C. last fall. However, no date has yet been set for an introduction of the service.

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