Uber & Lyft Are In Vancouver Now, But They've Got Major Differences

Marco Green
January 26, 2020

"While I am excited that ride sharing companies like Uber will be operating in some parts of Delta, I am extremely disappointed to learn that Tsawwassen and Tsawwassen First Nation will be excluded entirely from Uber's service area", said Coun.

Lyft will be operating initially in Vancouver serving the Vancouver International Airport, Pacific National Exhibition and City of Vancouver core bordered by Dunbar St., 41 Ave., and Victoria Dr. It also rejected the proposal by Kater Technologies Inc.to operate in Greater Victoria and Vancouver Island.

By New Year's Eve, only one ride-hailing company - which plans to mostly operate in resort towns like Whistler - had received approval from the PTB. "We are working with partners from across the region and we are going to try to expand as quickly as we can", Lukomskyj said.

One Uber driver, who goes by the app name of Siang, said he had been on the road since 8 a.m. and by just before noon, he had made nearly $85. Unlike dozens of other places where Uber outmaneuvered local authorities, operating outside of the law until public pressure forced regulators to accommodate them, Vancouver was never swayed.

"On behalf of Uber, I'd like to thank the hundreds of thousands of British Columbians who have shown their support for ridesharing in B.C. Uber is here. In the meantime, we encourage all qualified drivers with a Class 4 licence to sign up on the Uber app at drive.uber.com so they can start earning money as soon as operations begin".

Ride-hailing companies will need to get a licence from the City of Richmond to operate here - that will be after they receive a licence from the PTB. "We can't wait to see the new ways in which Vancouverites explore their city once they have a Lyft ride at their fingertips".

Both companies charge 33 cents per minute, but Uber's per-kilometre rate is 70 cents, while Lyft's is 65 cents.

"I like how flexible the work is".

Asked about complaints there didn't seem to be enough drivers, Michael van Hemmen, head of Western Canada for Uber, said that "at the beginning of the service, in any city, there's always an adjustment period when the drivers have to be able to understand the services available, and then to go online to be able to meet that driver demand".

"We needed this long ago".

In the last decade, Uber Technologies Inc. has spread to more than 60 countries, endured a major leadership shake-up and gone public with a valuation of more than US$60 billion.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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