Uber Not Here… Yet
Prince George, B.C. – Uber, a service where anyone can basically become a taxi service using their own car, has not yet arrived in Prince George, but Councillor Jillian Merrrick wants to make sure the City is prepared for the day it does.
“It looks like more of a problem than a solution” said Merrick during a Council discussion on updating the Vehicle for Hire bylaw.
“From a bylaw enforcement side of it, we certainly are aware of it” says City Bylaw Services Manager Fred Crittenden “We’re also aware that the Province is looking at different licensing and insurance regulations related to that, As well, I was recently at a conference where we talked about some of those issues, and some of the major communities in the Province are struggling with it as well and through their leadership, we will be to get the right tools in place once we get to that (when Uber arrives).”
Crittenden says the first step would be getting a City business license “They would still be required to have a chauffer’s permit under our bylaw which would trigger all the checks the RCMP does on the person, things like criminal record, whether or not they’re suitable for driving and having our community riding in their vehicle.”
RCMP Traffic Sergeant Matt LaBelle says there has been no indication so far that Uber is coming to Prince George “I think we are prepared currently for any immediate Uber applications. It is my understanding they still have to have insurance to do so, they still have to come to us (RCMP) to get a chauffer’s permit to do that.”