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Vancouver Mayor looking forward to action on ride-hailing... next year

Ellen Coulter, NEWS 1130, Photo

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) –¬†Years after other cities around the world adopted ride-hailing, Vancouver’s mayor isn’t worried about delays to the roll-out of services such as Uber and Lyft in British Columbia.

BC’s NDP government has backtracked on an election promise to introduce ride-hailing to the province by the end of this year, instead commissioning a review which isn’t due until early 2018.

Despite the rainy season arriving and holiday season just around the corner, Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson doesn’t seemed fazed by the province taking months longer than expected on the issue.

“We want to make sure they get it right. So they’re taking a few extra months by the sounds of it to work on this, and work with all the industry players and that’s, that’s positive.”

But he’s only prepared to wait so long.

“We need to take action next year for sure and keep improving the service.”

Robertson says the City always increases the cabs available in the holiday season.

“But it’s been tough for many years.”