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More cabs on the road in Vancouver this New Year’s Eve, says BC Taxi Association

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Despite the NDP government's original promise to make it happen by this Christmas, British Columbians are heading into another New Year's Eve without ridesharing - and as Grace Ke reports, new police powers on impaired driving are expected to put a damper on some celebrations – Dec 31, 2018

The president of the BC Taxi Association said there will be more cabs on the road this New Year’s Eve than ever before.

Mohan Kang said all the taxi fleets will have as many cars as possible on the road on Monday night including those recently granted a licence.

He does have a special request for passengers.

“Do not book more than one company at one time,” Kang said.

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And he’s hoping there won’t be any ride refusals.

“If I was driving I won’t refuse anybody, let me put it this way.”

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Kang is asking passengers to be polite and try not to catch a cab destined for someone else.

The restaurant industry is also concerned about how New Year’s Eve is going to affect business.

After Mother’s Day, New Year’s Eve is the second biggest day for restaurants.

The industry fears tougher federal laws demanding breathalyzers from drivers and another year without ridesharing could mean more people are celebrating at home.

“It’s about safety more than anything else,” Ian Tostenson, president of the B.C. Restaurant and Food Services Association, said. “And unfortunately, I think that people are so scared now, and they should be about drinking and driving and cannabis and driving that they stay home.”

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New Year’s Eve is also one of Uber’s busiest nights of the year. “We expect to safely and reliably move thousands of riders across Canada,” Josh McConnell, senior communications associate told Global News.

“We hope the NDP and Green Party finalize rules that do not cap the number of drivers that can be on the road to help people get home safely.”

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