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Lyft, Uber secure business licences to operate throughout Lower Mainland

Last Updated Jun 9, 2020 at 10:06 pm PST

An Uber car in Vancouver. Uber

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — Lyft and Uber have been given inter-municipal business licences to pick passengers up from a number of cities.

This specific licence was established to make it easier to pick passengers up throughout the Lower Mainland without applying to different municipalities.

KABU, a Richmond-based firm, was one of the first to be approved for the same licence, which is managed by the City of Vancouver.

In May, when KABU received their approval, Vancouver Mayor Kennedy Stewart said having one regional licence will save ride-hailing companies hundreds of dollars each year.

“It will also give residents across the region more transportation options, which is especially important during the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said.

– With files from Martin MacMahon