Guess what? Metro Vancouver residents want “vehicle for hire” service that sounds a lot like taxis

taxiMetro Vancouver residents favour a “vehicle for hire” system that sounds a lot more like taxis than ride-sharing services like Uber, according to a new industry-sponsored poll conducted by Ipsos and released today.

In fact, the Ipsos survey finds that Metro residents favour full taxi-style regulation of ride-sharing by a two-to-one margin. The margins are even higher in favour of strict safety and consumer protection regulations.

The findings are good news for the taxi industry, which is the midst of a long consultation with Peter Fassbender, minister for Translink, on how ride-sharing might roll out without destroying the advantages of the current system.

Uber supporters have insisted public opinion is firmly on their side. This latest poll casts doubt on that claim.