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Finally, the light turns green: Uber and Lyft are approved for business in Vancouver and the surrounding areas, including Whistler.
Jan 23, 2020 - EightSix Staff
The Passenger Transportation Board has announced that after years of anticipation and months in the approval process, major rideshare companies Uber and Lyft have finally been approved to operate in the Lower Mainland.
Despite the approval, several administrative hurdles still remain for the companies including purchasing business licenses from each municipality as well as insurance from ICBC. However, receiving approval by the PTB is the last major step towards operation.
Unlike in other markets, the recruitment of drivers will remain a challenge given the requirement that drivers attain a Class 4 license before they can hit the road in BC. Class 4 licenses require passing a knowledge test, a road test, a vehicle inspection, and a medical exam.
The eight week extension of the program will provide much-needed relief to those who lost their jobs as a result of the pandemic.
The BC government has just approved new wholesale pricing to allow restaurants and bars to purchase alcohol at reduced cost.
Provided patrons can still maintain two metres apart, restaurants may now allow more than 50% of their pre-COVID capacity.