Vancouver FINALLY Gets Ride Hailing
There are too many cars on the road. While I usually either cycle or take the train to work downtown, sometimes I just need to be in a car. Obviously, parking is either a huge hassle in the city or crazy expensive. And don’t forget the evenings you just want to go out, have a drink, or just relax and still want to be able to get home safely.
For what seems like the longest time, Vancouver has been kept behind the rest of the world in terms of ride-hailing. The main two services have been stopped so far, but there’s a third option and it’s already here.
Kater does everything the other two does but has the obvious advantage of actually existing in our city!
My first concern with any service that requires me to get in the back of someone else’s car is, of course, safety. While I’m happy to get in the back of any old taxi with a driver that may or may not have a valid ID, for new services like this there is an inherent need for more reassurance.
I checked on their website and it looks like safety is right at the top of their priorities, and rightly so.
“Safety is a number one priority for Kater and as such we have installed cameras in all of our cars. The Kater app includes a two-way rating system and a direct 24/7 link to our Kater Care Team for all inquiries. Kater vehicles are brand new and maintained by us on a daily basis. Our drivers are professional and service-driven. All drivers have a Class 4 License, required Chauffeur Permits, and are put through a stringent driver training program.” – Kater.com
Right then, let’s start. There are a few very simple steps to get started.
First of all, you’ll need the app. It’s just called Kater by Kater Technologies Inc. and is in both the Google Play store and the Apple App Store.
Sign up, add your name, and then follow the steps below:
The ride wasn’t expensive and it was fast. The car was super clean as they’re all owned by Ride Kater and so are maintained by a central service. It’s also better for the driver as all they have to pay for is gas, which is great as most of the vehicles are hybrids.
Here’s a breakdown of the ride costs:
They’re also looking to grow their list of friendly drivers, so if you want to get people where they need to go, apply here.
Disclaimer: I was asked to take a couple of photos and use the Ride Kater service to try it out for myself. I decided to write a full post to provide more info and a more thorough review of the service. The words and opinions are my own.
RegJune 27, 2019 at 9:26 pm
Ooooh! I like the sound of this. Is this service at a lower cost than a taxi? And do you share rides with strangers or does it only take one customer at a time?
jamesrcsmithJune 30, 2019 at 10:22 pm
It’s just ride-hailing like Uber or Lyft, or a cab! You open up the phone, book the trip and they come and pick you up. For some reason it’s the only service like this available in Vancouver.