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Second ride-hailing service driving into Prince George

'Lucky to Go' hopes to begin service by Sept. 15
LUCKYTGO
(via Lucky To Go)

Another ride-hailing service is about to park in Prince George. 

Lucky to Go Ride-Hailing has announced it's adding the northern capital to its current list, which includes Kelowna, Comox Valley, Kamloops, Victoria and Nanaimo. 

The Victoria-based company says the plan is to enter the market in northern B.C. by Sept. 15 depending on how soon it's able to approve onboard drivers and obtain business licenses from the City of Prince George. 

"Our highly competitive prices, ease-of-use and expansive service radius has generated a great response in the Okanagan community and we are ready to expand our services to northern B.C. starting with Prince George," an announcement reads. 

The company applied for a License Application from the Transportation Safety Board on Dec. 24, 2019, under LTG Technologies Ltd. 

The deadline for submissions was Jan. 27 (original submissions) and March 17 for the second set of submissions. 

Submitters and representatives included BC Taxi Association (BCTA), Kalum Kabs Ltd. and Prince George Taxi Ltd. 

The decision date and approval was issued on April 22. 

Since the launch of TNS legislation in B.C., there have been more than 30 applications with two now being approved in Prince George. The other is Coastal Rides

The Transportation Safety Board ruled that there is a need for LTG Ltd. (Lucky to Go) ride-hailing in Prince George, as well as Terrace, since the operational region covers a large portion of B.C.

"The Board concludes that the public need element established has been met by LTG and is supported by the Background Materials and its experiential evidence," the decision reads. 

To become a driver for the company, an application must have licensing requirements, driver abstract requirements and a criminal record check.

A record check certificate will then be issued as outlined by Passenger Transportation online. 

"The Board is satisfied that, for section 28(1) purposes: (a) there is a public need for the service proposed by LTG; (b) LTG is a fit and proper person and has the capability to provide that service; and, (c) properly regulated, LTG’s Application promotes sound economic conditions in the passenger transportation industry in the province. The Board has taken steps in crafting the terms and conditions of LTG’s licence to ensure that it is able to monitor and assess LTG’s operations as they unfold and to respond where data establishes the necessity of a regulatory response," the decision added. 

To book a ride, you'll need to download the Lucky to Go app from the App Store or Google Play.

You'll need to add your phone number, email address, billing and payment details to register.

As of now, Lucky to Go only supports credit card payments.

Customers then enter where they'd like to go in the 'destination box' and choose what type of vehicle you'd like.

Riders then confirm their booking and track the driver's arrival. 

You are billed once you arrive at your destination of choice. You will get a fare estimate before you book the ride. There is also the option to pre-book a ride.

Lucky to Go Ride-Hailing has been approved in five regions including:

  • Region 1: Lower Mainland, Whistler
  • Region 2: Capital Regional District 
  • Region 3: Vancouver Island excluding the Capital Regional District 
  • Region 4: Okanagan - Kootenay - Boundary - Cariboo
  • Region 5: BC North Central and other Regions

Each region also has TNS (Transporation Network Services) Minimum Rates as follows: 

  • Region 1: Lower Mainland, Whistler - $3.35
  • Region 2: Capital Regional District - $3.40
  • Region 3: Vancouver Island excluding Capital Regional District - $3.40
  • Region 4: Okanagan-Kootenays-Cariboo - $3.50
  • Region 5: BC North Central and other Regions - To be determined
    • LTG Technologies Ltd. is required to inform the board that it intends to operate prior to starting
    • The board will then set the minimum rate for that operating area