Robertson to Stone: BC needs new policy framework to put ride-sharing, taxis on level field

taxiWith Transportation minister Todd Stone’s evolving position on ride-sharing causing whiplash in Victoria — NDP MLA George Heyman accuses him of “flip-flop-flip” — it’s useful to review Mayor Gregor Robertson’s Jan. 5 proposal for a made-in-BC policy framework to manage the implementation of ride-sharing.

Sent to Stone on behalf of the entire council and released this week, Robertson’s letter reflected a series of Vancouver council debates that resulted in a unanimous council view that provincial policy action is needed.

As Robertson said in his letter, “The City of Vancouver is supportive of enabling new technologies in the transportation sector, provided there is a level playing field for all service providers.”

The goal should be “regulations that enable ride-sharing while addressing the need for all companies to provide proper insurance, driver training, service for people with disabilities and meet environmental standards.”

Here’s the full text of that letter.