Taxi firms say new study proves demand for 99 additional cabs on weekends, special event nights

Bolstered by the findings of a new study by Sauder School of Business Prof. Garland Chow, Vancouver’s taxi firms are seeking approval for 99 additional cabs to operate in Vancouver on weekends and special event nights. (Here’s an executive summary circulated to Vancouver city councillors last week.)

That’s well above the 65 additional cabs approved last year by Victoria’s Passenger Transportation Board on a trial basis. The Vancouver Taxi Association says Chow’s findings are so conclusive that the firms are seeking an extension of the 65-cab trial program until the full 99 taxis are approved. According to the report, the temporary permits reduced wait times and increased customer satisfaction substantially.

Under the program, the additional capacity is available Friday and Saturday nights, when customers have reported serious problems finding taxis prepared to take them out of the downtown core.

(Mayor Gregor Robertson is also urging Translink to consider expanded night bus and Skytrain service to help with the problem.)