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B.C. approves first ride-hailing company in Whistler, Vancouver Island

Last Updated Dec 16, 2019 at 4:49 pm PDT

(Courtesy Whistle Ride, Facebook)
Summary

The Passenger Transportation Board has approved the first ride-hailing application in B.C.

A small resort operator, Green Coast Ventures Inc., is the first and will operate under the name Whistle

For right now, the company will only be operating in Whistler and on Vancouver Island, except for the Victoria region

WHISTLER (NEWS 1130) – The first ride-hailing company has been approved to operate in B.C.

Green Coast Ventures plans to focus on smaller communities, like Whistler, Squamish and Pemberton, in its first year, although its application says the company plans to operate in other parts of the Lower Mainland in the future, including return trips from Vancouver to Squamish.

The service will operate under the name Whistle.

The company will also have cars in Tofino and Ucluelet. There’s no word when it will start operating.

B.C’s transportation minister, Claire Trevena, welcomed the news, saying she understands people want to see fleets for companies like Lyft and Uber on the road as soon as possible.

“We are hoping to hear of more decisions in the very near future, as we want to ensure people across British Columbia are served, including, obviously those in Metro Vancouver and elsewhere,” she says.

“It is up to the Passenger Transportation Board to approve them in the order they wish to approve them. I know everyone is waiting for decisions on the larger players – I count myself among those – but the Passenger Transportation Board, as an independent body, is working through the applications in a way that they see fit.”

The PTB is looking at 24 applications by companies hoping to operate in B.C.

An application by LTG Technologies Ltd. has been denied.

– With files from Lasia Kretzel