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BC Minister of Transportation Introduces "Taxi Bill of Rights"

​On January 30th, 2008, the Honourable Kevin Falcon, Minister of Transportation - Province of British Columbia introduced the "Taxi Bill of Rights" with the following statement:

Message from the Minister

"Our government is committed to strengthening the transportation network of British Columbia, and as part of that I'm proud to announce the Metro Vancouver Taxi Bill of Rights. The Bill is based on input provided by the taxi industry and numerous user groups, and I want to thank everyone who contributed. The Taxi Bill of Rights is a statement of principles backed by a new trip refusal regulation that makes it a requirement for on duty taxi drivers to transport passengers to their stated destination. The Bill also clarifies the legal and safety-related circumstances under which drivers can refuse to transport someone.
 
I want to take this opportunity to thank the taxi drivers and company representatives for their dedication to outstanding taxi service in Metro Vancouver. The Bill balances the needs and responsibilities of both drivers and users, and I believe this Bill will benefit the many tourists and residents who depend on this vital component of British Columbia transportation network.
 
The world is coming to British Columbia in 2010 for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and the Metro Vancouver taxi industry will be ready with world-class service.
 
The Honourable Kevin Falcon
Minister of Transportation - Province of British Columbia
January 30, 2008"
 
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