Citizens Group Launches “HRM Ride Hail” with Mission to Bring UBER and Lyft to Halifax
A group of citizens have launched an advocacy group with a mission to bring ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft to Halifax by July 1st, 2019.
Stephen Parker, spokesperson for the group, says “Halifax is a vibrant, well educated, and progressive city that has been restricted for 9 years by regulations that block companies that would dramatically improve and make safer our transportation options. While more than 900 cities worldwide including 21 in Canada use these companies to lower costs and increase satisfaction, citizens of HRM have been forced to use an antiquated taxi service that leaves people walking home in the cold, unable to get cabs, and in unsafe situations.”
Added Mr Parker, “We are frustrated. Council has been studying this issue for years. At the most recent meeting of Transportation Committee, they suggested more study. So, it’s akin to being forced to use the phone book while the world moves forward using the internet.”
The group wants citizens to sign a simple petition at Change.org that states,
“ I, as a citizen of Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM), request that council make the necessary changes to legislation and regulations such that ride-hail companies such as Uber and Lyft are operating unimpeded within HRM prior to July 1, 2019.”
HRM Ride Hail is supporting its initiative to get 10,000 signatures with a fact-based website and Facebook page that states among other things:
- 88% of HRM citizens would use Uber or Lyft (HRM staff survey)
- 68% of HRM citizens are not pleased with the service levels in Halifax taxis (HRM staff survey)
- Canadians in 21 other cities are realizing savings between 24-50% on some ride hailing services
- Endorsed by Mothers Against Drunk Driving
- Globally, over 5 billion trips have been provided by Uber; 1 million more each day
- Cities can see substantial increases in public transportation usage and savings
Concluded Mr Parker, “We deserve a choice and council’s role is not to ignore the will of the majority.”
Stephen Parker is a 44 year old lifelong resident of HRM. He is a small business owner and a spokesperson for the volunteer advocacy group HRM Ridehail that endeavours to enable companies like Uber and Lyft to operate in Halifax by July 1, 2019.