Uber and Lyft approved to operate in Metro Vancouver

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The Passenger Transportation Board, the independent tribunal in British Columbia making decisions on vehicle authorizations, today approved the licences allowing Uber and Lyft to operate in Metro Vancouver.

The decision comes after a lengthy battle by the ride-hailing companies to allow for operations in British Columbia. After years of campaigning, the provincial government introduced legislation in 2018 that would allow ride-hailing companies to expand into the province.

Mid-2019 the BC Ministry of Transportation set the date that ride-hailing companies can apply to enter the market for September 3. In August, Lyft and Uber both announced that they planned to begin operations by the end of 2019.

It was not until December that the first licence was approved, however. That first licence was handed to a local company called Green Coast Ventures, which operates in the Lower Mainland, Whistler, and Vancouver Island.

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