The Passenger Transportation Board supports measures taken to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It has also established policies and communications that promote the use of eco-friendly vehicles as taxicabs, limousines, and shuttle vans.
When an application is approved to expand the number of taxis that can operate in Metro Vancouver or the Capital Regional District, an eco-friendly taxi must be used. The Board may also apply this policy when it approves applications to add taxis in other parts of the province. Board policies and requirements respecting eco-friendly vehicle are provided below.
Eco-Friendly Taxi Guides (BC)
PT Board | 2013 Guide
PT Board | 2012 Guide
PT Board | 2011 Guide
PT Board | 2010 Guide (info about 2006 – 2010 models)
PT Board | 2014 Vehicles with CFCR Info
PT Board | 2013 Vehicles with CFCR Info
PT Board | 2012 Vehicles with CFCR Info
PT Board | 2011 Vehicles with CFCR Info
Fuel Efficiency & Emissions Ratings
Natural Resources Canada publishes fuel efficiency ratings for all vehicles.
Natural Resources Canada | Search – Vehicle Fuel Consumption – All Years
Natural Resources Canada | Vehicle Fuel Consumption Info & Guides
More Information about Eco-Friendly Vehicles
In addition to the Board information above, some helpful information sources about eco-friendly vehicles are provided on this page. The sources have been selected for the usefulness and relevance to commercial passenger transportation operations in British Columbia.
Reasons for an Eco-Friendly Vehicle Fleet
Companies that provide passenger transportation in British Columbia have been increasing the number of eco-friendly vehicles in their fleet. Many are doing it on their own, and in some instances, it has become a basic requirement (as noted above).
Why are these changes happening? There are a number of reasons.
Improved fuel efficiency makes good business and economic sense. Eco-friendly vehicles produce fewer CO2 emissions. The provincial government is committed to a 33% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020. As well, there are added financial benefits available through tax incentives for eco-friendly vehicles.
More information about provincial commitments, plans and strategies are provided below.
‘Eco-friendly vehicles’ are often associated with gas-electric hybrids, alternative fuels, plug-in hybrids (and electric vehicles too). Green Fleets BC information is available from the Fraser Basin Council.
What Are The Benefits of Replacing Conventional Taxis with Hybrids?
The Alberta pilot project is complete. The final report is available.