City wants Uber authority
Wayne Moore - Jan 12 - Biz Releases

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The City of Kelowna would like to have some authority over licensing of ride-hailing operators.

That was one of several items put on the table during a discussion of the pending introduction to B.C. of ride-hailing services, such as Uber and Lyft.

The NDP government is asking municipalities across the province for feedback on the service.

Kelowna acting mayor Tracy Gray said some of the discussion earlier this week centered around licensing.

Gray says municipalities across the province have the ability to issue chauffeur’s licences, and council would like that same flexibility.

She says council also talked about assurances of a level playing field within the industry.

Gray added council also liked the fact there could be some increased mobility options available with ride hailing.

The province is expected to introduce ride-hailing legislation in the fall.

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