BC Conservatives Say For-Profit Ridesharing Legislation Long Overdue
VERNON-The British Columbia Conservative Party originally called for private for-profit ridesharing in October of 2017, along with other forward-looking legislation for 21st century technological advances, like autonomous vehicles.
The BC Conservative Party supports ridesharing in BC, and notes that the NDP promised to table ridesharing legislation by the end of 2017. The party also suggested an immediate pilot project.
"Ridesharing legislation is long overdue in BC," said Interim party leader Scott Anderson. "It's time to let people decide if they will support this innovation in transportation."
Anderson says that instead of interfering with entrepreneurial innovation, the provincial government should step out of the way. He says we don't need yet another study...what we need now is to let the people decide by voting with their wallets.
"Obviously we need to set minimal standards for ridesharing," Anderson said, "but those standards should apply across the board to both rideshares and taxis."
Anderson rejects the BC Liberal plan of a taxpayer-funded app to prop up existing taxi companies, and accuses the NDP of dithering in the face of change. He believes the growth of ridesharing is inevitable regardless of any government efforts to throw roadblocks in front of ridesharing entrepreneurs, but acknowledges that we will only find out by trial and error.
"If ridesharing is an idea that will work, let's find out by letting folks choose between ridesharing and taxis," said Anderson. "If it is an idea that can flourish in competition with taxis, then so be it. But we won't know the answer to that unless we allow ridesharing a fair chance to compete."
"Ridesharing is already growing across Canada, whether the government or the taxi companies like it or not," said Anderson. "The Liberals did nothing, and the NDP is only slowly staggering toward real change."
The BC Conservative Party embraces change and will pave the way for innovative concepts and technologies across BC.
For more information:
Scott Anderson, Interim Leader, British Columbia Conservative Party
Telephone: (250) 434-2550 | http://www.bcconservative.ca/