Illegal ride-hailing services busted in Richmond, BC

CBC News

Twelve drivers illegally running ride-hailing services in Richmond, B.C., have been reprimanded — including a new driver with an “N” licence and another with an expired one.

“What it highlights is if a person uses one of these unregulated ride apps you’re getting into a stranger’s vehicle and there’s no guarantee of anything,” said Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie.

In a written statement, the City of Richmond said the drivers were targeted as part of a joint effort between the city, the province’s Passenger Transportation Branch and RCMP over the past two weeks. …

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Richmond businesses unite for new acute care tower

Richmond News

Businesses in Richmond have united to call for Premier John Horgan to include funding for a new acute care tower in the upcoming budget, to better serve the more than 100,000 daily workers in the city.

Led by the Richmond Chamber of Commerce, 102 local employers, who have nearly 12,000 workers, have signed a letter requesting the premier take action now.

Mayor Malcolm Brodie and Councillors Bill McNulty, Chak Au, Carol Day and Ken Johnston attended a chamber announcement Monday at Richmond Hospital, along with representatives of business owners, health professionals and the Richmond Hospital Foundation. …

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Dozens of ride-hailing drivers fined in Richmond during crackdown

Richmond News

A joint crackdown by authorities on illegal ride-hailing services in Richmond has resulted in 12 operators being fined and another 50 ticketed.

The City of Richmond, the Passenger Transportation Board (PTB) and the Richmond RCMP co-ordinated a joint action against the controversial services, which had, until recently, been operating under the radar without licenses and mostly offered on Chinese-language apps. …

“We are committed to working with our provincial partners to address this issue,” said Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie.

“These types of services present significant public safety and security issues. Consumers need to be aware of the risks they place themselves in when using these services.” …

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Full-service gas station pains documented in study

Business in Vancouver

The City of Coquitlam’s bylaw restricting retail fuel providers to offer full-service-only gas stations has likely slowed business growth in the municipality, according to a recent Kent Group Ltd. report.

The bylaw, which also restricts the range of non-petroleum goods that can be sold from fuel outlets, was introduced in 1959 to impose a need for a pump attendant and protect other retail merchants from competition.

Commissioned by Chevron Corp. (NYSE:CVX), the Kent Group report revealed that full-serve stations cost more than split- and self-serve stations. …

Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie had not received any request from Chevron or the public to change the current practice. …

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BC’s Passenger Transportation Branch continues crackdown on illegal ride-hailing companies

Global News

B.C.’s Passenger Transportation Branch is outing some of the illegal ride-hailing companies operating in the province, but there is no indication of an increase in enforcement.

In a news release, the agency said all those seeking to provide commercial passenger services must respect B.C.’s regulatory and legal system. …

Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie says he’s been working with the board and the RCMP to crack down on illegal ride-sharing companies.

But he said customers should be cautious when using unlicensed services.

“There was one car where there was an ‘N’ on the back of it and there was another car where the driver had an expired licence,” Brodie said. “You have to wonder about the quality that you’re getting and also the risks.” …

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Richmond residents invited to weigh in on housing strategy

Richmond News

With housing continuing to be a hot topic throughout the Lower Mainland, Richmond residents can now weigh in on the city’s draft affordable housing strategy.

On Friday, the city launched an online survey for the public to provide feedback on the 2017-2027 housing strategy, its implementation plan and future actions. …

“Providing the right mix of housing for a diverse population remains a top priority for Richmond city council,” said Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie in a press release. “This strategy will help guide the city’s actions for the next 10 years as we continue to address housing affordability concerns.” …

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‘It doesn’t make sense’: Richmond mayor in no hurry to allow self-serve gas stations

Global News

The state of Oregon has been the subject of significant online ridicule since it moved earlier this month to lift a ban on self-serve gas stations.

But right here in B.C., two municipalities still outlaw the practice — and at least one of them says that’s not going to change.

Both Richmond and Coquitlam have bylaws in place banning customers from pumping their own gas.

Coquitlam is reviewing an application from Chevron to relax the rules, but Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie says it’s not going to happen in his city.

Speaking with CKNW’s The Jill Bennett Show on Sunday, Brodie said first and foremost, it’s a matter of residents getting the best value for money.

Brodie said permitting both types of activity would prompt stations to add a price premium onto the cost of full-service, which would be bad for consumers — particularly those who have trouble pumping their own fuel.

“People have mobility issues, whether they have actual disabilities or they’re seniors or whatever. Pumping gas isn’t always easy and convenient for everybody.”…

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B.C. cities mixed about revamping ban on self-service gas stations

The Journal Pioneer

Councillors in two Vancouver-area cities that have long banned self-service gas stations have mixed views on whether the time has come to allow residents to top up their own tanks.

Richmond has barred do-it-yourself fill ups since 1966 while Coquitlam has had a similar policy in place since 1959, despite repeated efforts by industry to roll back the restrictions.

Richmond’s mayor, Malcolm Brodie, said he is not aware of any recent interest in changing the city’s long-standing practice requiring stations to employ attendants to pump gas.

The price of full-service gas, which is traditionally higher, renewed the debate when Richmond last considered the issue more than a dozen years ago, but it turned out customers were paying the same as they would at self-service facilities outside the city, Brodie said.

“We get full service for self-service prices,” he said. …

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