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New electric shuttles offering rides in Victoria; taxi feeling burned

James with his dog Billy in front of two of electric shuttles being to give people tours downtown Victoria.

A new fleet of electric tourist-shuttles offering rides in downtown Victoria has an outcry from taxi who fear the new outfit is cutting their income.

Dubbed a the bright-green shuttles began lifts on Tuesday, with in training taking people downtown, James Bay and Beacon Park.

Rides are free for now because the behind the eye-catching, open-air Pro-Motion Electric Vehicles is waiting for a provincial passenger vehicle number.

The City of requires the company have the before charging for rides, Zeebus manager James on Friday. Other required are already in place.

A 90-minute tour is expected to cost $28 per he said. A shuttle, fitted lap belts, can carry between 10 and 14

In the meantime, 20 drivers, who are accepting are taking turns with the six Another 10 drivers are needed.

Sean Convey, general of Victoria Taxi, which tourism as one of its key revenue sources, “This just takes off the table of a taxi driver … another gouge on the taxi

Taxis operate within a environment, which includes on how much they can charge and permits to serve areas as Ogden Point, he said.

As of the city’s transportation infrastructure, said taxi companies have been notified plans for a new operation.

“My office is going to be flooded questions [from taxi he said.

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The Zeebus shuttles something like an extended cart. They are a novelty on streets, Whitney said, people are stopping to look at the and ask questions.

They are entirely powered and have no emissions, them suitable for neighbourhoods — as James Bay — where residents complained about the noise and from large buses, said.

Whitney is the former owner of Kabuki Cabs, which operations in 2011. He said not an investor in the new company, which is by a group of local residents. plans include selling the and six-passenger vehicles, as well as versions, in the Victoria and Vancouver


Cars will cost $10,000 and $12,000, though not all allow low-speed vehicles on roads.

Shuttle revenues come from selling on a video screen inside the and on wrap-around displays on their Other uses could a shuttle service carrying ship passengers between Point and downtown.

A City of Victoria official that a business licence to sightseeing vehicles can not be considered the provincial process is completed, that the way the Zeebus is being does not trigger the city’s requirements under its Vehicles for Bylaw.

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