B.C. tech workers want new rules for Uber

While many cities have attempted to craft rules to rein Uber in, inevitably they end up adopting the protocols Uber already has in place. But B.C. tech workers like Susanna Haas Lyons say, if Uber wants to set up shop in the province, the company needs to play by some made-in-B.C. rules.
Uber operates in hundreds of cities around the world. (Sarah Lawrynuik/CBC)
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A group of technology workers in British Columbia are calling on their provincial government to regulate Uber and other similar services, if those companies are invited to operate in the province. 

Companies in the so-called sharing economy — be it Uber or Airbnb — are on the government's radar, but so far, Uber has been barred from operating in B.C., while other companies such as Airbnb are working without firm rules.

Susanna Haas Lyons, one of the letter's signatories, say these on-demand services must be required to operate in a way that reflects B.C.'s environmental and social commitments.

"I think we are smart enough consumers and citizens to say...if you want to play in our garden, and I know you do, these are the rules."

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