After a long long time , Vancouver and the province has finally approved Uber and Lyft to operate this week.
Vancouver was the only large metropolis in North America where Uber and Lyft were pretty much outlawed and unable to operate.
British Columbia’s Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Claire Trevena has blamed the old government for stalling so long:
British Columbians have been asking for new ride hailing services since 2012, but the old government failed to get it done. Our government did the hard work and delivered.
Over the last two years, our government has been diligent in developing a framework that puts passenger safety first, and we remained steadfast against pressures to abandon the safety measures we put in place. Road users can now be confident that B.C.’s ride-hailing services will comply with some of the highest safety standards in North America.
BC Minister of Transportation
While a lot of users took to twitter to share their joy
… while some were not so pleased:
Uber and Lyft were ecstatic to be able to operate again in Vancouver.
Lyft and Uber are almost identically priced, Uber seems cheaper when we tried to get a quote to go to the famous Phnom Penh Restaurant from the airport: $24-$30 with Uber vs $30-$35 with Lyft. If you decide to take the same ride from airport with taxi, it will cost you the most, around $37.
While Uber said it will cover the whole metro area , Lyft said that for now it will be just sticking to the core of the city.
Area Where Uber Operates in Vancouver
Area Where Lyft Operates
For now, Uber and Lyft are the only two companies that are allowed to operate in Vancouver but BC Transportation Ministry said that they will be approving other ride sharing companies soon.
Rogers said this week that it will be rolling out the super fast fifth-generation (5G) telecoms network in Canada. It will be the first company to do so in Canada.
Rogers will first launch in Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa and Vancouver and later roll out the 5G in other 20 cities in Canada.
“5G is the biggest technological evolution since the launch of wireless in Canada. We are making the right investments, building the right partnerships and deploying the right technology to bring Canadians the very best of 5G.
5G will not only power businesses, it will fuel entire industries and drive Canada’s digital future,” he added.
CEO Of Rogers Canada
5G is much faster than the current 4G network. For example, one can download a full movie to their cell phone in a matter of seconds.
Rogers has decided to use Sweden’s Ericsson’s technology to do the 5G rollout.
Canada is currently reviewing whether to ban Huawei 5G technology in Canada.
The minimum number of years of required driving experience will now increase from 1 year to 3 years;
training program must be passed covering such topics as transporting passengers in a safe manner, driving in an urban setting, providing accessible service, anti-racism, diversity and sensitivity;
all ride sharing drivers will now be required to attach “Watch for Bikes” on their windows to alert passengers when exiting;
must alert passengers if they are being recorded.
If you are a new driver you have to pass the training by June 2020, if you are an existing driver you have until end of 2020 to complete it.
Also a handheld devices such as cell phones will now need to be securely secured and mounted in the vehicles.
There will be also a new program called “Accessibility Fund Program” which will charge a fee for not providing a wheel chair accessible transportation, all the fees collected will go to fund special wheel chair accessible transportation.
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