Ride-hailing license cuts across the region, not restricted to Richmond

Richmond News

Regional mayors have come up with a proposal to allow ride-hailing businesses to have one license for the entire Lower Mainland, allowing them to pick up and drop off anywhere in the region, something the taxi industry can’t do at this time.

TransLink’s Mayors’ Council has come up with a proposal for the ride-hailing Intermunicipal Business License (IMBL) to be used across all Lower Mainland municipalities – instead of operators needing a separate one for each city.

Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie thinks the regional license is “critical” to making ride-hailing successful.

“What you want is some consistency and reliability throughout the entire region,” he said.

Each municipality can then add its own rules onto the license, he said, adding that there are bound to be issues in each city. …

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