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Central Okanagan Regional District wants ride-hailing to be flexible

Regional board provides input to inquiry looking at introduction of ride-hailing in B.C.

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.

RELATED: Kelowna councillor blasts province for ride-hailing delay

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.

RELATED: B.C. to allow Uber-style ride hailing services to operate in late 2019

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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