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#681 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 08 February 2020 - 12:40 PM

Uber, Lyft and other ride-hailing companies have arrived in Vancouver despite evidence of increased congestion in major metropolitan U.S. centres, including cities similar to Victoria, such as Seattle.

 

 

https://www.vicnews....e-personal-car/

 

what?   :confused:

 

 

this is a downright strange article.

 

 

“Taxis have always been an important form of transportation for people who cannot, or should not, drive,” Litman said. “One of the mistakes we’ve made in the past is to undervalue taxi services. Taxi services have been poorly managed.”

 

In other words, too often taxis are restricted to people with more money.

 


Edited by Victoria Watcher, 08 February 2020 - 12:47 PM.


#682 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 11 February 2020 - 06:00 PM

KABU is a subsidiary of Richmond-based ride-hailing service GoKabu, which was operating in the Richmond area without a licence for roughly three years, but temporarily shuttered services while awaiting provincial approval.

 

Martin Van den Hemel, KABU’s director of communications, said the plan is to officially launch in Metro Vancouver over the coming weeks while the company talks with business leaders and civic officials around B.C. to “gauge the level of interest” in ride-hailing.

 

“KABU hopes to launch in Victoria in the next three months, hopefully sooner,” Van dem Hemel told Black Press Media. “As far as the rest of the province, our launches will be determined by how quickly we can sign up qualified drivers to our platform.”

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But once up and running, KABU will work differently than other ride-hailing services by allowing a customer to choose the language of their driver.

 

“So if there’s a customer who doesn’t speak English well, and would like a driver who speaks Spanish, for example, they’ll be able to choose that, provided we’ve got enough Spanish-speaking drivers,” Van dem Hemel said.

 

The company’s app, which isn’t yet available for download, will first offer services in English, Mandarin and Cantonese.

 

https://www.vicnews....t-three-months/


Edited by Victoria Watcher, 11 February 2020 - 06:01 PM.


#683 LJ

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Posted 11 February 2020 - 07:12 PM

^So I guess those Spanish speakers he was talking about are SOL.


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Posted 12 February 2020 - 05:01 AM

“So if there’s a customer who doesn’t speak English well, and would like a driver who speaks Spanish, for example, they’ll be able to choose that, provided we’ve got enough Spanish-speaking drivers,” Van dem Hemel said.

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Most people just want to get from A to B as fast as possible.

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#685 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 12 February 2020 - 05:06 AM

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Most people just want to get from A to B as fast as possible.

 

ya it's kind of the idea of ride-share apps.  all the details are in the app for both sides to see (pick-up and drop off locations).  no serious interaction with the driver is required.  with kabu you appear to choose your payment option at the end of the ride.  so maybe it's not so automated.


Edited by Victoria Watcher, 12 February 2020 - 05:07 AM.


#686 Jackerbie

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Posted 12 February 2020 - 08:36 AM

But once up and running, KABU will work differently than other ride-hailing services by allowing a customer to choose the language of their driver.

 

https://www.vicnews....t-three-months/

 

 

Uber has this feature, though maybe just outside Canada and the US? When I was in Panama there was the option to request an English-speaking driver.



#687 DustMagnet

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Posted 12 February 2020 - 12:03 PM

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Most people just want to get from A to B as fast as possible.

 

And yet some people prefer a scenic train versus a flight.

 

Let the operators differentiate themselves and have the market decide.

 

If I feel more comfortable with a Spanish Mandarin or Cantonese speaking driver then let me choose that.


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Posted 21 February 2020 - 03:55 PM

Here's an odd one: Dads Dial a Driver (aka Dad's DD) has applied to operate a Transportation Network Service (i.e. ride hailing) in all five regions of BC. via https://www.ptboard....ummary-Dads.pdf



#689 Jackerbie

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Posted 19 March 2020 - 02:06 PM

Another bulletin from the PTB today. Two applications approved, two refused. Concerning the CRD, the application by Yallah was refused.



#690 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 02 April 2020 - 07:31 AM

Seeing an immediate need for the community in light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Victoria-based ride share applicant Lucky To Go is now offering same-day home delivery services within the Greater Victoria area.

 

Lucky to Go is currently awaiting their ride-share licensing, and due to the growing concerns over COVID-19, they have made the decision to launch their delivery platform ahead of their ride-sharing services.

 

The all-in-one app allows customers to shop for over 1,000 household essentials – you’re also able to pay for your order online with a credit card, and have the items delivered right to your door.

 

Lucky to Go encompasses restaurant delivery, grocery store delivery, and warehouse delivery and the brand new service looks to also boost the economy by employing drivers, as well as supporting our local businesses at this chaotic time.

 

 

https://www.victoria...-amid-covid-19/


Edited by Victoria Watcher, 02 April 2020 - 07:31 AM.


#691 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 13 May 2020 - 07:31 PM

The Passenger Transportation Board has approved another ride-hailing company to operate in the capital region.

 

Vancouver-based Ripe Rides was also given the go-ahead to do business in communities across Vancouver Island and most other regions in the province.

 

But a spokesman for Ripe Rides said the company won’t be operating on the Island until concerns about safety amid the pandemic are addressed. Victoria now has three approved ride-hailing companies, but none are operating, as the COVID-19 crisis keeps a damper on demand for the service.

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.timescol...-yet-1.24134856


Edited by Victoria Watcher, 13 May 2020 - 07:32 PM.


#692 SimonH

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Posted 14 May 2020 - 11:42 AM

 

The Passenger Transportation Board has approved another ride-hailing company to operate in the capital region.

 

Vancouver-based Ripe Rides was also given the go-ahead to do business in communities across Vancouver Island and most other regions in the province.

 

But a spokesman for Ripe Rides said the company won’t be operating on the Island until concerns about safety amid the pandemic are addressed. Victoria now has three approved ride-hailing companies, but none are operating, as the COVID-19 crisis keeps a damper on demand for the service.

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.timescol...-yet-1.24134856

 

Ripe ??? Who thought of that name ??



#693 tanker

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Posted 18 May 2020 - 06:56 PM

No way in hell am I getting into a "ripe ride". Cabs smell as bad as can be already. Wake me up when Uber and Lyft come to town as promised.

#694 grantpalin

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Posted 09 June 2020 - 03:37 PM

Lyft, Uber approved to pick up and drop off across Lower Mainland

https://globalnews.c...lower-mainland/

The City of Vancouver has signed off on inter-municipal ridesharing licences for Lyft and Uber.

 

The world’s two largest ridesharing companies can now pick up and drop off passengers across the Lower Mainland using just one licence, rather than having to get one in each municipality.

 

Participating municipalities include Abbotsford, Anmore, Bowen Island, Burnaby, Chilliwack, Coquitlam, Delta, Harrison Hot Springs, City of Langley, Township of Langley, Lions Bay, Maple Ridge, New Westminster, City of North Vancouver, District of North Vancouver, Pitt Meadows, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Richmond, Squamish, Surrey, Vancouver, West Vancouver, and White Rock.



#695 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 09 June 2020 - 03:49 PM

Bowen island to anmore would be a hell of a fare.

#696 spanky123

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Posted 10 June 2020 - 01:42 PM

Lyft, Uber approved to pick up and drop off across Lower Mainland

 

They really didn't have a choice. With transit schedules limited and people afraid to take the bus/train in any event, this is an obvious outcome.



#697 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 26 June 2020 - 07:08 AM

SCOC sides with Uber driver seeking better pay, benefits

The Supreme Court of Canada has upheld an Ontario Court of Appeal decision that opened the door to a class-action suit aimed at securing a minimum wage, vacation pay and other benefits for Uber drivers.

#698 spanky123

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Posted 26 June 2020 - 07:13 PM

SCOC sides with Uber driver seeking better pay, benefits

The Supreme Court of Canada has upheld an Ontario Court of Appeal decision that opened the door to a class-action suit aimed at securing a minimum wage, vacation pay and other benefits for Uber drivers.


Uber had required that any disputes be arbitrated in the Netherlands. The judge ruled that that clause was inappropriate. Still a long road Ahead for the plaintiff.

#699 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 07 July 2020 - 10:19 AM

Uber Technologies Inc. is getting into the grocery delivery business and is using some Canadian cities to help it launch the venture.

The San Francisco-based tech giant said Tuesday that users in Montreal and Toronto can now order groceries through its Uber and Uber Eats apps.


https://www.cbc.ca/n...anada-1.5640187

Edited by Victoria Watcher, 07 July 2020 - 10:20 AM.


#700 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 08 August 2020 - 05:58 AM

more boring news about the two companies supposedly operating here.

 

 

 

https://www.timescol...gion-1.24182810



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