Ride-hailer Lyft is skipping all of Burnaby right now

Michael van Hemme Uber's head of Western Canada

Michael van Hemme Uber's head of Western Canada

In the same ruling, the board declined to approve an application for ReRyde Technologies Inc. and Kater Technologies Inc.in several regions across the province.

But Lyft is limiting where it will be operating. It will also service the Pacific National Exhibition and Vancouver International Airport.

Next steps for Uber and Lyft, after receiving licences from the Registrar, are to secure appropriate motor vehicle insurance and to work with municipalities in their operating areas to ensure compliance with local by-laws.

Now that both Uber and Lyft are live in Metro Vancouver, people have the liberty to choose which service they will try first.

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.

"We are thrilled to have received approval from the Passenger Transportation Board and are excited to bring Lyft's ridesharing service to the region..." Both firms can operate in the Vancouver area and the ski-resort town of Whistler. "We can't wait to see the new ways in which Vancouverites explore their city once they have a Lyft ride at their fingertips".

I started on Main Street near 25th Avenue and was able to get Lyft quotes and times for a ride to the airport, but it would take 40 minutes for the driver to arrive.

To support drivers, Lyft has opened three driver hub locations in Surrey, Richmond and the City of Vancouver. "When companies misclassify workers as independent contractors rather than employees, workers lose access to basic employment rights, like the ability to unionize, access to minimum wage, vacation pay and WCB coverage in the event of a workplace injury". Uber's base fare and booking fee totals to $4.50 per ride, whereas Lyft charges $5.

"We welcome ride-hailing to BC, but we will continue to stand up for drivers and call on Passenger Transportation Board to collect and regularly publish data on the earnings and conditions for drivers".

According to a press release, Lyft is now accepting applications from interested drivers, and they've opened a "driver hub" in Richmond. "The board is in the process of reviewing pending applications and is working towards issuing further decisions on ride hailing applications as expeditiously as possible".

Copies of the decisions can be viewed in the PT Board Bulletin of January 23, 2020.

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