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Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure

Registrar, Passenger Transportation Branch

Frequently Asked Questions

Perimeter Seating Bus – Regulatory Change & Related Application Process

What's changed for stretch SUV and limo bus operators on February 27, 2015?

What's changed?

The definition of "passenger directed vehicles" in the Passenger Transportation Regulation has changed. The definition now includes all vehicles with primarily perimeter seating, regardless of seating capacity. We are calling perimeter seating vehicles that seat 12 or more passengers and a driver, "Perimeter Seating Buses" (PSBs).

Perimeter seating buses:

  • seat a driver and 12 or more passengers
  • have primarily perimeter seats (e.g. stretch SUV; limo bus) and
  • provide a passenger directed service

After April 30, 2015, you will not be able to able to operate Perimeter Seating Buses under a GA licence.

You must obtain a Special Authorization licence by May 1, 2015 if you want to continue operating Perimeter Seating Buses for passenger directed services. Please ensure you review your fleets and services immediately to determine if you need an SA authority. To avoid downtime we strongly recommend that you submit a completed application by March 25, 2015.

If you provide exclusively "carrier directed tours" with perimeter seating vehicles, you may continue to operate these under a General Authorization licence. Vehicles with forward facing seats that seat a driver and 12 or more passengers will also continue to operate under a GA.

What are frequently asked questions about Perimeter Seating Buses (PSBs)?”

See: Perimeter Seating Buses FAQs (PDF) posted March 4, 2015

How do I apply?

Perimeter Seating Bus (PSB) application requirements and procedures are streamlined for passenger transportation licensees who:

  • Hold a Passenger Transportation Licence with a General Authorization on February 27, 2015, 
  • Provide a passenger directed service,
  • Operate vehicles with mostly perimeter seating that seat a driver and 12 or more passengers, and
  • Want to continue operating perimeter seating buses after April 30, 2015

Start your application by downloading the forms and information below:

Send your completed application package, including attachments to:

Passenger Transportation Branch
Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure
313 – 1500 Woolridge Street
Coquitlam BC V3K 0B8
Fax: 604-527-2205
Toll Free: 1-800-663-7867 (Enquiry BC)

Email: passengertransportationbr@gov.bc.ca

Important Dates:

You must obtain a SA licence by May 1, 2015 if you want to continue operating Perimeter Seating Buses for passenger directed services.

To avoid downtime we strongly recommend that you submit a completed application by March 25, 2015.

More Information:

The Industry Notice “Regulatory Change Impacting Perimeter Seating Buses” was posted on the Registrar’s website on February 26, 2015.

Information on the Board’s process for the streamlined application is available on their website.

 

Passenger Transportation Licensing & Applications

Who must have a Passenger Transportation Licence?

Individuals and companies that operate commercial passenger vehicles in British Columbia require a Passenger Transportation Licence. The Passenger Transportation Act and Passenger Transportation Regulation define what constitutes a commercial passenger vehicle and prescribe what specific Passenger Transportation Licence is required based on the type of vehicle and service being operated.

How do I apply for a new Passenger Transportation Licence?

Applicants for a new licence must prepare an application and submit it to the Passenger Transportation Branch.

How do I apply to change my licence or add a new authorization?

To apply to make a change to your licence or to add a new authorization you can:

  • Print the application forms package that best fits your proposed service (general or special authorization), follow the instructions to complete your application and return it to the Passenger Transportation Branch along with all supporting documentation.

Where do I send my application and/or supporting documentation?

All printed forms and/or supporting documentation can be submitted by fax, email, post, courier or in person to:

Registrar of Passenger Transportation
Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure
Passenger Transportation Branch
Suite 313 - 1500 Woolridge Street
Coquitlam, BC V3K 0B8

Telephone:  604-527-2198

BC residents can call toll free through Enquiry BC:

Victoria:  250-387-6121

Elsewhere in BC:  1-800-663-7867

 

Fax: 604-527-2205

Email: passengertransportationbr@gov.bc.ca

How can I make a payment to the Passenger Transportation Branch?

You can make your payment by cheque, money order or credit card.  Debit card and cash payments will also be accepted if you deliver your application/request in person to the Passenger Transportation Branch.  Fees are required at the time of application/request and payable to the Minister of Finance (in Canadian funds only).

Note:  If you want to pay by credit card do not send credit card information with your application/request.  A Passenger Transportation Branch staff member will contact you by telephone to request your credit card information and authorization.
Application fees are non-refundable once an application is accepted at the PT Branch.

What happens after I submit my application?

The licence application process (either for a new passenger transportation licence or an amendment to an existing passenger transportation licence) begins when an applicant submits an application to the Registrar at the Passenger Transportation Branch (Branch).

Branch staff will review each application to confirm that it contains all the required information.

If the Branch determines that an application does not contain all the required information, Branch staff will advise the applicant in writing and allow them 30 days to submit the missing information. If after 30 days the requested information is not received:

  • A General Authorization Licence application will be closed and the $200 application fee will not be refunded.
  • A Special Authorization Licence application will be forwarded, as is, to the Passenger Transportation Board for their review.  The Board may, after giving notice to applicants, dismiss an incomplete application.  Dismissed applications will not be processed any further and the $200 application fee will not be refunded.

The Registrar will review and make a decision on a General Authorization Licence application that contains all the required information.

The Registrar will forward a Special Authorization Licence application that contains all the required information to the Passenger Transportation Board for publication, review and decision.

Are there costs in addition to the application fee?

If your application for General Authorization is approved there is no fee to activate your licence but, starting one year after the licence is issued, there will be an annual licence renewal fee of $100.

If your application for Special Authorization is approved, there will be a $100 fee for each Special Authorization Vehicle Identifier (plate and decal) that is issued for each vehicle that will be operated under the licence.  There will also be an annual renewal fee of $100 for each vehicle operated under the licence.

Does a Passenger Transportation Licence expire?

If a Special Authorization licence is approved, and issued, it is valid for one year from the date of issue unless otherwise specified by the Passenger Transportation Board. Renewals are under the authority of the Registrar of Passenger Transportation. The annual licence renewal fee is $100 for each Special Authorization licensed vehicle.

If a General Authorization licence is approved, and issued, it is valid for one year from the date of issue. Renewals are under the authority of the Registrar of Passenger Transportation. The annual licence renewal fee for a General Authorization Licence is a single flat fee of $100.

What happens if a Passenger Transportation Licence expires?

If a licence is not renewed the licence expires.  If the licence expires, any pending application(s) associated with that licence will also expire.

General Authorization licensees who fail to renew by the expiry date of their licence will be required to reapply for a new licence.  This means that they must cease their passenger transportation service and apply for a new licence.  An application filing fee of $200 will apply.

Licensees with Special Authorization who fail to renew their licence within the time specified within the Passenger Transportation Act must re-apply for a licence.  This means that they must cease their passenger transportation service and submit an application for a new licence which will require approval from the Passenger Transportation Board.  An application filing fee of $200 will apply. 

In deciding whether or not to approve an application, the Board will consider the following three questions:

  • Is there a public need for the service?
  • Is the applicant a fit and proper person and capable of providing the service?
  • Would approving the application promote sound economic conditions in the transportation industry?