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City of Vancouver grants regional licensing for Uber and Lyft

Last Updated Feb 25, 2020 at 7:25 pm PDT

FILE - The Uber App is pictured on a smartphone in downtown Vancouver, B.C., Monday, December 30, 2019. British Columbia's Passenger Transportation Board has granted long-awaited licensing approvals to ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft for service in the Lower Mainland and Whistler. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Summary

The permit gives Uber and Lyft drivers access to all participating Lower Mainland cities

Vancouver's plan is to charge each company a $155 annual fee

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) –┬áRegional licensing for ride-hailing is set to take effect in Vancouver on April 1st.

The permit gives Uber and Lyft drivers access to all participating Lower Mainland cities.

The process must still be finalized at the Metro Vancouver level, but Vancouver’s plan is to charge each company a 155-dollar annual fee.

Each car in their fleet will also be charged $150.

That rate drops to $30 for zero-emission vehicles and there’s no fee for wheelchair-accessible cars.