FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Disappointed but prepared to try again at a later date.
That’s the word from Baljit Thundal of Grande Prairie based Yellow Cabs-Prairie Cabs after receiving news from the BC Passenger Transportation Board, this week, it has refused her licence application for a new tax service in Fort St. John.
She believes the downturn in the local area economy was the key factor driving the board’s decision.
Moving forward Baljit indicated another application at a later date, albeit under improved economic circumstances, is not out of the question.
The original application, filed last summer, was for a new taxi service with 21 vehicles, which would have operated under the name of “Yellow Cabs”, with metered rates.
It was the subject of a PT Board public hearing in Fort St. John last March, and if approved the applicant’s proposal would have doubled the number of taxis in the city.
However the board ruled that, “The applicant has not satisfied us that a public need exists for a new fleet of taxis in Fort St. John.”
It also said, “We are not convinced that the applicant has sufficiently developed a starting plan and commitment to deliver the type of taxi service it proposed to the board”.
Thus, the Board’s written decision ends by saying, it believes that approving this application would have had an unduly detrimental impact on the passenger transportation business in Fort St. John and area, and would result in two major competitors with businesses that would neither be economic nor sustainable.
Overall, it says taxi service providers would have much to lose, as would the people in the community who rely on taxi companies for transportation.