Uber, Lyft Not Considered “Essential” Under New British Columbia Gas Restrictions

Carpool vehicles will not be considered “essential” as new gasoline restrictions are in place in British Columbia.

In a statement, the province said Uber and Lyft vehicles are not added to the list of exemptions, which includes ambulances, buses, taxis and others.

“The intention of these orders is to limit traffic on our roads and prioritize emergency operations, urgent health care needs, the movement of essential food supplies while repairs are underway on our fuel sources. restored, “reads a press release from Emergency Management BC.

He goes on to say that “everyone will have the opportunity to stock up on gasoline at petrol stations, but queues and shortages are to be expected.”

Depending on the province, these restrictions are temporary but they are necessary.

Public Safety Minister and Solicitor General Mike Farnsworth said in a weekend update that “the temporary limitation of non-essential fuel consumption in southwestern British Columbia is so that we can move commercial traffic, stabilize our supply chains and make sure everyone gets home safely. “

“Over the next 10 days, we know we will have enough gasoline for essential vehicles and anyone who needs it if we are careful and store where we can,” he said.

The province has a comprehensive list of vehicles considered essential and will not be subject to the 30-liter per visit rule.

With almost no enforcement, the rules have been left to the honor system, and while the province hopes most people will do the right thing, that hasn’t stopped some from seizing their jerry cans.

Here is the full list of emergency service vehicles included in the province definition:

  • Emergency service vehicles (fire, police, ambulance and healthcare, including emergency medical care)
  • Public transport vehicles
  • Commercial transport trucks – essential goods and services (food and drink, health care, safety)
  • Refrigerated trucks
  • Drinking water delivery / sanitation service
  • Grocery delivery
  • Road repair, maintenance and breakdown vehicles / tow trucks
  • Military vehicles
  • Critical infrastructure, construction and repair vehicles
  • Home help
  • Municipal service vehicles
  • First Nations government service vehicles
  • BC Ferries / Coast Guard / tugs / maritime emergency / pilot boats
  • Canada Post and other courier / parcel delivery vehicles
  • Vehicles for the provision of essential government services
  • Airport authority vehicles and air transport
  • Waste disposal / recycling
  • BC Hydro, Fortis and other heavy and light utility vehicles
  • Telecommunications repair and installation vehicles
  • Fuel delivery trucks and boats
  • School buses
  • Taxis
  • Agricultural and agricultural vehicles, including flood response vehicles
  • Veterinarians supporting the flood response
  • Intercity buses

“Although carpooling was not explicitly mentioned on the most recent published list, the taxi was,” Uber said.

According to them, the definition of a taxi in the Motor Vehicle Act is broad enough to include carpooling vehicles.

“The logical conclusion is that vehicles defined as” taxis “would be considered an approved emergency vehicle exempt from the 30L fuel restrictions per visit in the province – especially since” Uber and Lyft trips in the region Metro Vancouver now outnumber 2 to 1 ”taxis.” according to Uber, whose platform remains available in Metro Vancouver.

“Drivers continue to provide essential services to passengers with transportation needs,” said a representative.

Daily Hive has contacted Lyft for comment and will update this story.

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