A whole new agreement between the Vancouver Taxi Association and Kater was just forged last summer when the two signed a letter of intent.
B.C.’s Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure was revealed on a late Monday that the Vancouver Taxi Association has now struck a whole new agreement with the new ride-sharing app called Kater, which is a Surrey based tech company, in order to use it’s app-based technology “in some taxis in the Lower Mainland”. The new technology is also similar to Uber and Lyft, where a passenger uses an app on their smartphone to hail a cab and pays their fare through the app.
According to the government statement, the ministry is now taking steps to ensure that all of the current provincial and licensing requirements are met including a regular, government approved safety inspection of the vehicles, insurance which will cover the carrying of passengers and of course the compliance with other requirements until Fall of 2019, when the new regulations will come into effect, allowing the ride-sharing companies to enter the market of B.C.
Postmedia News also revealed last summer which was about the taxi association and Kater, which was created by Surrey businessman Monty Sikka, whom had signed a letter of intent stating the association would apply for 200 new taxi licenses and that Kater would be authorized to operate those cabs. The cabs would of course have no meters, no cash and would change hands and while Kater would pay for the vehicles, the association would then provide the drivers. Under this deal, Kater would then take 20% of all profits and charge around the same as a regular cab.
Details of their most recent deal in between the taxi association and Kater are currently unknown. Though, last September the Passenger Transportation Branch had decided to allow taxi licenses to increase their fleet by 15% and to also permit taxi fares which would be reduced for the app-hailed trips during off-peak hours. These decisions were all entirely based on a report by the taxi expert Dr. Dan Hara on ways to improve the taxi service in B.C. There are 215 taxi licenses in B.C., all operating about 3,500 taxis.
According to Kater’s website, the base rate would be around $3.20 plus 55 cents a minute or $1.84 a kilometer and drivers promise to arrive within five minutes of being contacted. During November, the Transportation Minister Trevena introduced the Passenger Transportation Amendment Act which would permit ride-hauling companies to operate in B.C., while using their own vehicles or vehicles owned by drivers. ICBC hasn’t yet come up with the licensing structure to allow this unfortunately. A spokesperson for Kater Cabs could not be reached.
via The Vancouver Sun