Uride plans to launch its ride-sharing service in Victoria early this fall.
The decision comes after successful launches in Kelowna and Kamloops, but the Canadian ride-hailing company had been targeting Greater Victoria since 2019.
“We are aware of the challenges residents face when it comes to accessing reliable transport, which is why we have included Victoria in our expansion plans since we first asked for operate in British Columbia,” Uride COO Skye Volpi said in a press release. .
Uride began recruiting drivers in the region earlier this month and is working to attract even more with new incentives.
They offer a $500 sign-on bonus for part-time drivers and weekly minimum guarantees of up to $1,500 for those who want to join their All-Star program. And to sweeten the deal even further, they will cover the majority of start-up costs for drivers joining the ridesharing service, including license upgrades, vehicle security and background checks.
Although no official launch date has yet been announced, long waits for drivers to obtain Class 4 licenses in the province could delay it.
“That was our biggest challenge as we expanded into British Columbia,” Volpi said. “In some cities, we have received reports of six to eight week delays to test drives, which need to be resolved.”
Despite the challenges, the company also plans to expand its operations to Nanaimo and Prince George after Victoria.
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