The Central Okanagan Regional District board wants to see ride-hailing rules in B.C. that help residents living in electoral areas where transportation options are not as plentiful as they are in urban areas.
Earlier this week, the board authorized chairwoman Gail Given to send a letter on its behalf responding the province’s latest request for input from Central Okanagan local governments to the provincial ride-hailing inquiry.
Similar to the input the City of Kelowna gave last week to the inquiry, the regional district says it wants ride-hailing regulations to be flexible enough to meet the variable demand of passengers while also providing a safe transportation mode and aligning with regional goals to reduce car dependency, increased mobility options and prepare the region for new mobility and technology changes in transportation.
Kelowna, in its response, said it wants no cap on the number of drivers for ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft and rules that allow taxi companies to charge similar amounts to ride-hailing services.
The regional board is made up of majority of Kelowna city council representatives as it is the largest city in the Central Okanagan Regional District area.
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