People in 67 countries and over 400 cities worldwide have embraced ridesharing, using Uber to complete 1 million trips every single day in cities like Seattle, Portland, Edmonton and Toronto.
But here in British Columbia, we are missing out!
Consumers love Uber because it connects them to a safe, reliable and affordable ride at the tap of a button. Drivers love Uber because it provides higher earnings and greater flexibility. Cities love Uber because it gives residents and visitors a reliable ride when they need one, reduces congestion and decreases impaired driving.
Uber is a new business model, and existing regulations have not kept pace with technology. That’s why Uber wants to work with officials across British Columbia to develop common sense regulations for ridesharing that recognize and support the benefits this new business model brings to riders, drivers and cities alike.
This is your chance to send a message to elected officials across the province that British Columbia should not be left behind.
As someone who values choices in transportation, I urge you to welcome Uber in Vancouver and British Columbia.
The existing taxi market does not meet consumer needs in terms of reliability, safety or convenience.
Cities around the world are embracing ridesharing as a 21st century solution to problems of congestion, traffic and emissions, but the benefits of the Uber platform extend way beyond that. Consumers love Uber because its technology helps connect them to the safest and most reliable rides on the road. Drivers love Uber because the platform allows for increased earnings and total work flexibility. Cities love Uber because ridesharing provides entrepreneurial opportunities, decreased DUI fatalities, and better service in traditionally underserved neighborhoods.
The local taxi interests are fixated on finding ways to block the introduction of this new and desperately needed technological advancement in Vancouver and British Columbia — at the expense of consumer choice and safety.
I ask that you recognize the merits of new technological innovation and work with Uber to bring more transportation choices to Vancouver. We are people looking for entrepreneurship opportunities, people regularly underserved by current transportation options, and people simply looking for a safe ride home on a Saturday night; we ask that you please empower our right to choose!
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