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11,500 vehicles in the Lower Mainland are now allowed to carpool

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The number of vehicles in the Lower Mainland authorized to be used for carpooling has reached 11,524 vehicles, according to new data from the City of Vancouver provided to Daily Hive Urbanized.

This also includes 783 zero-emission vehicles, usually battery electric vehicles, licensed to drive.

But that doesn’t necessarily mean the 11,524 vehicles are running as point-to-point transport services every day, every time they’re on the road.

According to a report by Uber last year on the composition of their drivers in Metro Vancouver, 71% spend less than 25 hours or less per week driving, with 46% less than 15 hours and 21% between 15 and 25 hours. Many people drive for Uber part-time as a supplement to another job they are engaged in.

In the Lower Mainland, there are now four times more vehicles registered for ridesharing than the number of taxi vehicles registered – 2,860 taxis, including 2,635 in Metro Vancouver jurisdictions.

The city government was unable to provide a breakdown of the number of licenses per ride-sharing company, but it is of course widely known that Uber and Lyft account for the overwhelming majority of vehicles. Other Lower Mainland operators include Kabu, Whistle Ride and Lucky To Go.

The City of Vancouver is the commercial license regulator for ridesharing under the Intermunicipal Business License (IMBL) – a responsibility granted to it by TransLink and participating municipal governments in Greater Vancouver.

It manages IMBL licenses for Vancouver and 24 other jurisdictions in the Lower Mainland, which is British Columbia’s Region 1 for transportation network services under the regulations of the province’s Passenger Transportation Board (PTB). This includes Abbotsford, Anmore, Bowen Island, Burnaby, Chilliwack, Coquitlam, Delta, Harrison, Langley City, Langley Township, Lions Bay, Maple Ridge, New Westminster, North Vancouver City, North Vancouver District, Pitt Meadows, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody , Richmond, Squamish, Surrey, West Vancouver, Whistler and White Rock. The City of Vancouver was given the responsibility given that it has the largest ride-hailing market share in the region.

Additionally, IMBL replaces the original approach of stand-alone commercial ride-sharing licenses for each municipality. The IMBL is a regional license, allowing vehicles to pick up and drop off passengers in all participating municipalities.

IMBL annual fees are set at $155 per company, $150 per vehicle and $30 per zero-emission vehicle. Wheelchair accessible vehicles are exempt from the per vehicle charge.

To better enable them to compete with ride-sharing, taxi companies in Metro Vancouver have requested the elimination of municipal taxi limits that limit where vehicles can pick up passengers, based on the city of origin. of their taxi business license.

Fluctuating number of trip volumes for taxis and Transit Network Services (TNS), also known as carpooling, in the TNS 1 region of British Columbia’s Lower Mainland and Sea to Sky Corridor. (Hara Associates/BC Passenger Transportation Board)

Past data from the PTB suggests a global shift in taxi capacity to ride-sharing capacity, based on demand trends, with former taxi drivers switching to Uber and Lyft. In May 2021, carpool rides in the Lower Mainland were already outpacing taxis by almost 2 to 1. Additionally, combined carpool and taxi rides in the Lower Mainland have recouped approximately 89% of the total ride volume previously. completely dominated by taxis before the pandemic.

There is reason to believe that the gap between taxis and ride-sharing has widened further since the PTB findings a year ago. That said, there are huge labor shortages in the British Columbia economy, and the transportation industry, including the taxi and ride-hailing sectors, is one of the most hard hit.

Uber and Lyft recently said in their results that they had seen a strong upsurge in the number of global drivers and trips taken in recent quarters, reaching pandemic highs. However, recent media reports suggest that businesses are still struggling, especially in major urban markets; Last month, Uber announced it would add taxis to its app in New York to help address its driver shortage, and earlier this week it was reported that the company was also planning to add taxis to its application to San Francisco.