Halifax Councillor Matt Whitman has asked the municipality to take a closer look at ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft, CBC News is reporting. ‘It’s time to get the ball rolling. We’re already behind the times,’ said Whitman.
The councillor, who thought that ride-sharing services would be part of the ongoing review of Halifax’s taxi industry underway since 2017, recently found out that the issue would not be addressed in the review’s report which is expected to be presented to the transportation committee next month.
Although Whitman is aware that ride-sharing companies are controversial with the taxi industry, he believes it is possible for the two to co-exist.
Coun. Matt Whitman said a new food delivery service is just a way for the industry to test the waters. He said 40,000 people in Nova Scotia, mostly in Halifax he presumes, have signed up for Uber Eats. “Now they’ve got a database of customers so the next step will be to talk to HRM,” he said.
He believes the municipality should decide if it wants to allow Uber or Lyft to operate here and, if so, if they should be regulated like taxis.
The councillor will now be asking for a report at the next regional council meeting on the 29th of this month.