BC cracking down on ride share drivers

Read a Chinese translation of this blog entry: BC省打击乘车共享司机

When it comes to ride sharing apps like Uber or Lyft, the question isn’t if so much as when. The provincial government is looking into regulating ride sharing services but that hasn’t stopped some people from starting to offer their own underground services.

Tickets for offering ride share services sometimes are priced at over $1,000 each.

Chinese language ride sharing companies have been operating under the radar in the Metro Vancouver area. Some of them have been operating since March 2017. This month, the BC Taxi Association presented at a provincial government hearing where they claimed at least five ride sharing services were operating in Richmond.

We’ve heard stories that police are currently working undercover to target ride shares. Tickets for offering ride share services sometimes are priced at over $1,000 each. Recently, the government has talked about raising the fine to be as high as $1,500 with your car being impounded for multiple offences.

Now, BC appears to be cracking down on ride shares operating in the Asian-language market. Recently, the BC government issued a statement identifying Longmao, Udi Kuaiche, U Drop, RaccoonGo, GoKabu, Dingdang Carpool and AO Rideshare as ride share apps recruiting drivers in the Lower Mainland.

According to the government, they have issued 23 fines against drivers. The fines that have been passed out don’t target the app companies, however, they target the drivers. This should be a major call for concern for drivers looking to make a little money on the side. 

“It is the driver, not the app companies, that are operating illegally and are subject to penalties and fines of $1,150. These drivers are subject to possible further sanctions for not disclosing the commercial use of their vehicles to lease and insurance providers,” the government’s press statement said.

Under BC’s Passenger Transportation Act, a person must not operate a motor vehicle as a type of commercial passenger vehicle unless they have a valid licence, holds a valid safety certificate, and comply with other applicable laws.

Until the government figures out how it will legislate ride sharing, these underground services will continue to operate and cops will target drivers with innocent drivers getting caught in the crossfire. At Acumen Law Corporation, we defend all kinds of driving and bylaw infractions. Being fined over $1,000 for being suspected of operating a ride share is intimidating, but you have rights. Call us at 604-370-3050

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