Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--B-C Update-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--B-C Update-

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(BC-Ride-Hailing)

B-C's transport minister says the government wants to ensure the taxi industry is able to compete on a level playing field when ride-hailing services are introduced in the province.

Claire Trevena says the number of taxis on the streets will be increased, and flexible fares will be allowed for existing taxi firms that arrange rides using apps.

It's all part of the groundwork as the government says it plans to ease ride-hailing services into the market as early as the fall of 2019.

The N-D-P government promised during the last election that it would allow services such as Uber and Lyft into the province by the end of 2017. (The Canadian Press)

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(BC-Ride-Hailing-Rxn)

B-C Taxi Association spokesman Mohan Kang says his group is welcomes the province's plan to modernize the taxi industry and help make it more competitive.

But others are criticizing the N-D-P government for delaying the introduction of ride-hailing services in B-C.

Green party transportation spokesman Adam Olsen says it would have been better to bring in ride-hailing and modernize the taxi industry at the same time.

Ridesharing Now for B-C said earlier today that it was "very, very happy" that the government was taking some action but later released a statement saying it was extremely disappointed that it would take at least 18 months. (The Canadian Press)

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(BC-Wildfires)

A B-C Wildfire Service spokesman says firefighters on loan to Ontario and Quebec will be brought home sooner than expected to deal with a burgeoning number of wildfires in the province.

Kevin Skrepnek says a blaze burning four kilometres south of Peachland on the west side of Okanagan Lake is one of the most serious fires.

Evacuation orders and alerts have been issued in parts of the Okanagan Valley after a cluster of wildfires broke out following a fierce lightning storm that swept through the southern Interior. …

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