British Columbia

Uber makes inroads in Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Langley Township

Vancouver remains on the fence about ride-sharing services like Uber, but Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Langley Township councils are adding their voices to the 'yes' side.

Calls to allow ride-sharing services like Uber are growing in suburbs around Vancouver

Port Coquitlam, Coquitlam and Langley Township councils would like to see Uber's ride-sharing service on their streets. (Reuters)

Vancouver may remain on the fence about ride-sharing services like Uber, but Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Langley Township councils are adding their voices to the 'yes' side.

Port Coquitlam Mayor Greg Moore says he became convinced Uber was a good idea after using it during a recent trip to Europe. 

"I'm sure the taxis like that they have a monopoly in services, said Moore. "And I think as consumers, sometimes we pay for that." 

"We thought this was a good idea and think this is something that will benefit residents here and around the province," he added.

Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam city councils have voted to ask the provincial government to reconsider rules that are keeping ride-sharing companies off the roads.

Meanwhile, Coquitlam and Langley Township have also passed motions in council to encourage the province to develop a regulatory framework which would allow ride-sharing.

Moore says when he posted a question on Facebook asking Port Coquitlam residents about allowing Uber the response was positive. 

"I just said 'Hey do you think this would be a good thing for our community?' and it was overwhelming the number of people who replied back, who either liked the post or said, 'Yes we need Uber,'" he said.

Moore has not heard from the taxi industry.

With files from Lien Yeung


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