A new ride-share service that launched in Kamloops earlier this month is sweetening the pot for new drivers, saying they’ve been “blown away” by the response of the community.
Uride launched on June 3 in the Tournament Capital. The service is now up and running in Kamloops and Kelowna in B.C., in addition to other markets elsewhere in Canada.
According to the company, the biggest challenge being faced in Kamloops is in booking road tests for new drivers. The company said wait times for road tests are exceeding one month.
“We are excited at the idea of working with the community to prevent impaired driving and to get people home safe,” Ravi Dhami, Uride’s Western Canada operations manager, said in a news release.
“That being said, having upwards of a six-week wait to get scheduled for a Class 4 road test is a challenge that we haven’t seen in any of our locations yet.”
Uride is offering a $1,500 per week earnings guarantee for new full-time drivers and a $1,000 signing bonus for new part-time drivers, payable after 100 trips.
The company is also covering expenses relating to licensing, background checks and commercial vehicle inspections.
Uride said it plans to expand to Prince George, Nanaimo and Victoria in the coming months.