In 2014 we covered a blog about Uber, a ride-share service through the use of a phone app, being put on hold in Vancouver and having no future. Now however, Uber services in Vancouver are looking to operate once again by the end of 2017, which will be a total game changer for the city.
How does Uber work?
To start using Uber you must first have access to a smartphone, then download the app, sign up and create an account. Next you’ll need to launch the app and set up your preferred payment method such as a credit card or linking your PayPal account. Keep in mind that Uber is a cash-free environment so everything is managed through your phone. Now that the set up part is over, you’re ready to ride. Open the Uber app, make sure the pickup location is set to where you currently are and select the car service you desire. Before you know it, your ride will appear in a matter of minutes ready to take you to your next destination.
Once you complete your ride, you’re able to rate your driver and your overall experience and the driver is able to rate you in return. To help with safety concerns, Uber drivers are reliant on good overall ratings otherwise they’ll get dismissed. For a better understanding of how to use Uber, check out the video below.
Why was Uber on hold?
In 2012, Uber was shut down because it didn’t abide by a law that Vancouver has when it comes to limo rides. The law required limousines to have a rate of at least $75 per trip regardless of the distance traveled or duration. Another law stated that Vancouver can’t have more than 600 cabs active at once. This unusual limit was one of the reasons so many people flocked to using the new ride sharing system since taxis were too hard to come by. Another factor was that taxi drivers couldn’t sign up to be a part of Uber. Taxi companies removed any taxi driver from their position if they drove for Uber. What it came down to be was that taxi companies were feeling threatened in more ways than one by Uber.
The province has announced that ride sharing services are coming to B.C. in a matter of months, although taxi advocates say they’re planning to challenge the decision. To ensure an equal “playing field” among ride sharing companies and taxi services, the government plans on introducing several policies:
- New app-based technology, which allows the public to hire and pay for cabs as they would a shared ride.
- New software in all B.C. taxis to improve passenger safety
- Granting taxis rights to be hired by phone, at a stand or from the curb
- Giving cabs and ride sharing driver’s equal access to cross city boundaries
- Addressing the taxi shortage
The government said Uber will be working with taxi drivers, police departments, airports, Road Safety B.C. and ICBC to create a roll-out plan. Metro Vancouver is the largest metropolitan region in North America without a ride-sharing service. There is even a B.C. Uber petition online to encourage citizens that B.C. shouldn’t be left behind.
— Uber Vancouver (@Uber_VAN) March 22, 2017
If you’re interested and wish to stay updated about Uber coming to B.C., Uber Newsroom has all of the information you’re looking for to stay involved.
Are you moving to the Vancouver area? If so, you might have access to more affordable, safe and reliable transportation options across the province by December 2017. If you are moving, Highland Worldwide Group is here to help you every step of the way.