A passenger gets into an Uber rideshare in San Francisco. Uber is expected to arrive in Victoria early this winter. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Uber expected in Victoria by early winter

Ride-sharing agency has been on mainland six months

Uber is in the final stages of approval and believes it will offer its ride services in Victoria by Christmas.

The ride-share company has been operating for six months in Greater Vancouver and the Fraser Valley and is now expanding into Victoria and Kelowna for the holiday season, said Michael van Hemmen, Uber’s Head of City Operations in Canada.

“With the launch of Uber, ideally in time for the holiday season, we look forward to more safe, reliable, and affordable rides for Victoria and Kelowna residents,” said Michael van Hemmen, Uber’s Head of City Operations in Canada. “In the meantime, we encourage all qualified drivers with a Class 1, 2, or 4 license to sign up at drive.uber.com.”

READ ALSO: Ride-hailing rush sees spike in Class 4 drivers licences obtained

Uber submitted their application to the Passenger Transportation Board to operate in all regions of the province. It is expected to take three months.

Uber said approximately 100,000 people opened the Uber app in Victoria and Kelowna over the last year, showing there is considerable anticipation for the ride-share.

“Ridesharing provides another option for people to get around Victoria, and is a great fit for our reputation as a tech city,” said Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps.

To qualify as an Uber driver, applicants must have a Class 1, 2, or 4 license, a criminal record check, and have obtained less than four driving infractions in the last three years. Drivers must own a vehicle less than 10 years old.

Uber currently has a “No Mask. No Ride” policy that it will employ for the foreseeable future.

Drivers must take a selfie to verify they are wearing a mask and riders who have been reported as not wearing a mask will be required to take a selfie in order to book future rides.

reporter@oakbaynews.com


Do you have a story tip? Email: vnc.editorial@blackpress.ca.

Follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and like us on Facebook.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Saanich School District set to review its boundaries

Goal is to correct imbalances in school populations

New crop of hand-crafted heats popping up across Saanich

Community arts program promotes wellness, sends message of caring from people of all ages

Oak Bay couple honoured for 35 years volunteering

Mayor awards distinguished Oak Leaf to Bert and Doris Dinsmore

Hospital foundation president praises generosity of Peninsula residents

Karen Morgan said support during COVID-19, financial and otherwise, has been touching

South Island Transportation Strategy looks to reduce reliance on personal vehicles

EV charging stations, bike lockers, new park-and-ride stalls among solutions in Capital Region

QUIZ: Do you know what’s on TV?

Fall is normally the time when new television shows are released

POLL: Do you agree with the decision to call a provincial election for Oct. 24?

British Columbians will put their social distancing skills to the test when… Continue reading

Vancouver Island couple’s sheep farm dream disrupted by high lumber price

The solar powered farm project in Sayward will be set back by three years if the lumber price continues to remain high

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

The holiday everyone needs this year: Vote for your favourite in Fat Bear Week 2020

Voters will get to decide who gets to take home this year’s most coveted prize

Canadian ski resorts wrestle with pandemic-vs.-profit dilemma as COVID-19 persists

Few are actually restricting the total number of skiers they allow on the hill

A (virtual) walk around the world by 88-year-old B.C. man

George Doi says it’s simple: ‘I like walking’

End of CERB means uncertainty for some, new system for others

As of a week ago, the CERB had paid out $79.3 billion to 8.8 million people

Most Read