Applications of four Okanagan ride-hailing operators rejected

More ride-hailing rejections

The B.C. Passenger Transportation Board has rejected four ride-hailing applications seeking to operate in the Okanagan, leaving just a single proposal approved earlier this month.

The board announced Friday it had reached decisions on six more ride-hailing applications. It rejected five of them, approving just Coastal Rides on Vancouver Island. 

Wine Lovers Tours, My Limo Ride, Uride and RideOn Canada — all which sought to operate in the Okanagan — were rejected. Tripti Technologies, which sought a license in the Lower Mainland, was also rejected.

The Passenger Transportation Board rejected the applicants due to a variety of problems with their proposals.

Wine Lovers Tours, which already operates out of the Lower Mainland, provided no information to the board how its ride-hailing business model would be “markedly different from that which Wine Lovers Tours is already providing.”

RideOn’s application provided too little on how the company would screen drivers or inspect vehicles, adding the proposal “fails to demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the passenger transportation business in this province generally.”

Earlier this month the PTB approved KABU Ride Inc. to operate in the Okanagan, although the service will likely not launch for several months. The PTB is still working on decisions for 18 more applications for ride-hailing operators in B.C.

While Uber and Lyft have launched in the Lower Mainland, the tech giants have showed no interest in coming to the B.C. Interior.

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