Dead on arrival, that's what British Columbia is essentially doing to its long-drawn-out pseudo approval of ride share companies to operate in the province. The Class 4 license requirement for drivers is a tip of the hat to the taxi industry. It defeats the concept of ride share, since it limits the opportunity to commercial drivers — taxi, limousine and bus drivers. We can expect an anaemic growth of ride share companies in the province, if it’s able to establish itself at all in a province that is hostile to the driving public in general.
B.C. on right road with tougher ride-hailing driver rules, says expert.
The provincial government is holding firm that ride-hailing drivers have a Class 4 licence.
The B.C. Transportation Ministry updated safety, insurance and penalty rules and regulations this month and set Sept. 3 as the date ride-hail companies can apply to enter the market. Rules covering fares drivers can charge, vehicle boundary zones and the numbers of ride-hail vehicles allowed on the roads are due to come this summer, the ministry said.
Chow said other jurisdictions have had push back from the large ride-hailing companies over licence restrictions and safety concerns, but B.C. has the opportunity to get it right before the service takes to the streets.
The provincial government is holding firm that ride-hailing drivers have a Class 4 licence, like those held by taxi, limousine, ambulance and other commercial vehicle drivers, as opposed to the Class 5 licence, held by most B.C. drivers.