It has been a journey trying to get Uber and Lyft to operate in Vancouver. Ever since the government announced regulations on the rideshares prior to their arrival, taxi companies have been lashing back with feelings of unfairness. Recently, Vancouver taxi companies have been threatening to get rid of wheelchair accessible vehicles in retaliation to the rideshare companies operating in the area.
More specifically, the cab companies don't feel that they should have to subsidize accessible vehicles when Uber and Lyft don't have to do the same.
Two months ago, Uber and Lyft announced that they were going to be operating in Vancouver.
Shortly after this announcement, the two massive rideshare companies began hiring drivers.
For some time, it was speculated that Uber would not be able to operate outside of Metro Vancouver but within the city limits it has not proven to be a problem.
Since this announcement, local cab companies have been sweating the introduction of the competition and now, they are making some serious threats.
In fact, many local cab companies are ganging up on Uber and Lyft with a plan to shut them down.
Their latest plan is to threaten to eliminate the use of accessible vehicles in Vancouver.
According to City News 1130, Uber and Lyft are not obligated to have accessible vehicles on the roads and because of this, cab companies are calling this unfair and wanting to get rid of incentives to keep wheelchair accessible vehicles on the road.
This would mean it would be much more difficult for people who have limited mobility to get around.
For many people, they rely on accessible taxis to get to very basic places like the doctor or grocery store.
According to Vancouver Sun, when a ride-hailing driver operates in the city they will be using their personal vehicle which will mean there will be very few or limited accessible vehicles on the road.
A major advantage of ride-hailing services like this is that companies like Lyft will be incredibly cheaper than current taxis.
While this is a huge benefactor for the general population, the Vancouver Taxi Association has already taken nine cab companies to face off against Uber, Lyft, and the Passenger Transportation Board at the B.C. Supreme Court.
The companies involved include Bonny’s Taxi, Burnaby Select Metrotown Taxi, Queen City Taxi, Yellow Cab, Vancouver Taxi, Black Top Cabs, Maclure’s Cabs, North Shore Taxi, and Richmond Cabs.
Altogether, the team has put forth a petition to rescind Uber and Lyft’s licenses.