City to address need for cabs to Passenger Transportation Board

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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The City will be writing to the Passenger Transportation Board to indicate the need for more cabs in the City. However, they won’t be supporting any particular cab companies looking to break into the city’s taxi scene.

In a meeting yesterday afternoon, Council discussed the next steps following a letter from Baljit Thundal, a multi-cab company owner based out of Grande Prairie — looking to bring Yellow Cabs, and 21 of their cars, to Fort St. John.

“After hearing from over 180 individuals so far in just 3 days via Facebook I am certain the town will also supports me,” she writes in the letter, which looks for support from the City. Thundal will have her application the subject of a public hearing at the Pomeroy Hotel from Feb. 1 — 3, 2016, in what she calls a ‘rare and positive’ decision by the Passenger Transportation Board.

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According to City Manager Dianne Hunter, a letter has already been sent to the Board expressing the need for more vehicles, but did not indicate their support to any particular company.

Councillors ultimately agreed with this recommendation and this course of action, which would simply provide data in a letter to the Passenger Transportation Board and allow them to decide which business qualifies to operate here in town.

“I really believe there are enough licences being given in Fort St. John, if all of them were filled, that there would be enough cabs to fulfill their use,” Councillor Bruce Christensen said, calling it an issue that has been brought up by the Tourism Board before.

Councillor Dan Davies felt there is a need for additional cabs in the community,  and said he agrees the letter should be sent to the Board.

With the recommendation carried, Mayor Lori Ackerman asked that the letter be sent with facts and data to back the letter it up, which Director of Legislative Services Janet Prestley confirmed was available through the Tourism Board.

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