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WEEKEND WEB POLL: Do you want ride-hailing in Surrey?

McCallum previously said a ‘large majority’ of residents do not support ride-hailing in Surrey

As Uber and Lyft rolled out in parts of Metro Vancouver Friday morning, Surrey Now-Leader readers were sharing their views on the ridesharing services.

Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum previously said, “A large majority of our residents do not support ride-hailing in Surrey, basically because it is not a level playing field between ride-hailing and taxis.”

He said that following a mayor’s council meeting that saw Metro Vancouver mayors voting to fast track regional licensing in early 2020. McCallum was the only mayor opposed.

READ ALSO: Surrey mayor the lone vote against regional business licensing for ride hailing, Dec. 12, 2019

Even as Uber began operating in parts of Surrey Friday morning, McCallum still said that the Passenger Transportation Board’s approval “does not change my position on this issue.”

The City of Surrey ended up sending a letter to Uber to cease operations in the city by 9 p.m. Friday, but the company said it “respectfully” declined.

READ ALSO: Surrey tells Uber to cease operations in city, but company ‘respectfully’ declines, Jan. 24, 2020

– with files from Ashley Wadhwani

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