Ride-sharing company Uber has launched a petition hoping to drum up enough support to be able to bring its service to Vancouver.
Uber attempted to launch in Vancouver in 2012, but had to retreat because of heavy regulation in the taxi industry.
There were rumours Uber was planning a comeback last week, but the provincial government said it would use undercover agents to track and fine Uber drivers.
It’s worried the company will start operating in Vancouver without the proper licensing. B.C.’s transportation minister Todd Stone said the company must comply with the specific requirements detailed and provided by the passenger transportation branch in order to be licensed.
The petition, addressed to Vancouver City council, says the Province of British Columbia is not putting consumers first or thinking about how new innovations can create better transit solutions for all.
Stand up for choice in Vancouver and sign the petition — because a bold and innovative city like Vancouver deserves bold and innovative solutions like Uber. Let your voice be heard! #VancUBER
The lawsuit seeks an injunction to prevent Uber from starting up in Vancouver.
The taxi companies say Uber is refusing to comply with local laws and standards. It is also targeting potential Uber drivers.
The petition currently has more than 8,500 signatures.