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Most people support cap on number of ride-hailing drivers, Class 4 license requirement: poll

In this Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016, file photo, a driver displaying Lyft and Uber stickers on his front windshield drops off a customer in downtown Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)

METRO VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – As we continue to wait for ride hailing in B.C., a new survey finds many people in Metro Vancouver support a plan that would limit the number of Uber or Lyft drivers.

Two-thirds of respondents want the provincial government to cap the number of ride-hailing drivers.

“They’re worried about the idea that congestion might increase if you have anybody operating these services. There’s only 23 per cent who say it’s fine, we should have no restrictions on the number of ride-hailing drivers,” Mario Canseco with Research Co. said.

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Canseco adds more than half of respondents are in favour of only allowing drivers with a commercial (Class 4) license to operate a ride-hailing vehicle.

“[That] requires a medical exam and more training, and some security checks. There’s only 30 per cent who would allow drivers with any Class 5 license to operate a ride-hailing service. So, it’s a two-to-one margin.”

The poll also found 42 per cent of people believe this service should be brought in earlier than the fall of 2019. Canseco notes millennials are the most likely to feel this way.

“Millennials tend to be the ones who are out longer, who want to have a way to come back home,” he said.