Ride hailing recommendations a positive step forward
The BCRFA is pleased with the recommendations of the Select Committee on Crown Corporations on Transportation Network Services.
The recommendations are very much in line with our goals as part of the coalition of RideSharing Now. Here are the highlights from the recommendations.
- Taxi and ride sharing drivers will be allows to utilize a Class 5 licence similar to Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan if the driver meets strict safe driver screening criteria.
- Pricing module will be market-based to ensure consume choice, convenience and innovation.
- Geographic boundaries for drivers will be removed instead allowing any qualified driver to participate without artificial caps, allow them to adjust their serving areas.
The full list of the recommendations includes:
- Requiring transportation network companies to provide data to government for monitoring purposes, including but not limited to: wait times; trip lengths; trip start and end locations; trip start and end times; accessible vehicle trip statistics; trip refusals; trip fares; drivers’ hours and earnings; driver and passenger demographics; and consider extending this requirement to the taxi industry;
- Making anonymized data provided by Transportation Network Companies (TNC) available to the broadest extent possible while maintaining privacy;
- Not implementing boundaries for Transportation Network Services (TNS);
- Requiring a maximum vehicle age of ten years for vehicles used in delivering TNS;
- Not implementing caps on TNC fleet sizes;
- Ensuring that the cost of a trip in an accessible vehicle does not exceed the cost of a trip in a non-accessible vehicle;
- Setting a minimum per-trip price that is not less than the cost of public transit;
- Requiring transportation network companies to disclose the cost of a proposed trip on the app prior to the customer engaging the service;
- Monitoring data to determine if there is a need for the implementation of a base rate or a cap on surge or primetime pricing and to inform regulatory decisions in regard to service boundaries, vehicle caps, or lack thereof; and,
- Requiring TNS drivers to hold a Class 5 driver’s licence.
We urge the Minister to accept the recommendations in full and to move to implementation as quickly as possible.