Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure
Registrar, Passenger Transportation Branch
Industry Notices — What’s New?
See: PUBLIC ADVISORY Modernizing Taxi Regulation (PDF)
See: PUBLIC ADVISORY Licence Service Delays - January 26 to February 5, 2018 (PDF)
See: INDUSTRY NOTICE Modernizing-Passenger-Directed-Vehicle-Services-Terms-of-Reference.pdf (PDF)
Public Advisory - The Illegal Operation of Passenger Directed Vehicles in B.C.
Updated July 18, 2018
See: PUBLIC ADVISORY 20180123-Public-Advisory-Unlicensed-Operators-BC.pdf (PDF)
See: INDUSTRY NOTICE 151119_Licence-Information-for-PSB-Operators.pdf (PDF)
See: INDUSTRY NOTICE 150717_InterCityBusOperatorResponsibilities (PDF)
See: INDUSTRY NOTICE 150227_PSBRegChange (PDF)
See: INDUSTRY NOTICE 140902_CareControlPTLicences (PDF)
Licensees’ Obligations When Modifying or Purchasing Previously Modified Commercial Passenger Vehicles
Posted July 31, 2014
See: INDUSTRY NOTICE RPT 140217_PartyBusAlcohol (PDF)
See: INDUSTRY NOTICE RPT 131028_Taxi_Cameras (PDF)
The Rides Home web page provides options to establishments serving alcoholic beverages for getting their patrons home safely.
See: INDUSTRY NOTICE RPT 130506_WeMoved (PDF)
See: INDUSTRY NOTICE RPT 130423_WeAreMoving (PDF)
See: INDUSTRY NOTICE RPT_121218_Fee Schedule (PDF)
Application Forms: Replacement of Lost/Stolen Plates, Damaged Plates or Decals, Lost Decals or Lost Passenger Transportation Documents
Posted December 18, 2012
See: INDUSTRY NOTICE RPT_121218_Forms (PDF)
Regulatory Concerns Associated with the Use of Smartphone Applications (Apps) and Non-compliance with Passenger Rates
Posted November 23, 2012
See: INDUSTRY NOTICE RPT_121123_SmartphoneApps (PDF)
See: INDUSTRY NOTICE RPT_121107_FestiveSeason (PDF)
Introduction of Commercial Vehicle Safety Compliance Declaration Requirement
Posted June 15, 2011; title revised April 2013
Commercial Vehicle Safety Requirements & Importation Information Sheet
Posted June 15, 2011; title revised April 2013
The Passenger Transportation Branch web pages have been updated to include the Information Sheet:
- Do I need a General Authorization or a Special Authorization Licence?
(revised March 2012)
The information sheet is a 9 page document that was prepared by the Passenger Transportation Board to assist applicants and licensees to determine what type of passenger transportation licence they need for their passenger transportation business. The type(s) of passenger transportation licence needed will depend on the vehicles used and the services provided. For example, a passenger transportation licence can include a general authorization, one or more special authorization (e.g. for passenger directed vehicles and/or inter-city buses); or a combination (hybrid) of general authorization and special authorizations.
If you are interested in purchasing or leasing a party bus or specialty vehicle this information is for you. Additional information is available in the Industry Notice: Commercial Vehicle Safety Requirements & Importation Information Sheet posted June 15, 2011
Industry Notices Archive
See: INDUSTRY NOTICE 150226_PSBRegChange (PDF)
Further to the recent amendments to the Passenger Transportation Act: Fitness, the Registrar’s Overview of Carrier Fitness Assessments are now posted.
The Government of British Columbia has amended the Passenger Transportation Act. These amendments will help to ensure that providers of commercial passenger vehicle services are “fit and proper” persons. The amendments affect both general authorization applicants and licensees and special authorization applicants and licensees.
The Passenger Transportation Branch office, located at 4240 Manor Street, Burnaby, will be open for limited periods during the first two weekends of the 2010 Olympic Games, in order to receive applications for Temporary Operating Permits requiring approval of the Passenger Transportation Board, as well as to process Temporary Operating Permits for vehicle breakdowns.
Specifically, the Branch will be *open from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm on the following dates:
- Saturday, February 13 and Sunday, February 14
- Saturday, February 20 and Sunday, February 21.
*For “in- person” services, please first call our Branch at 604.453.4250 to advise us of your plans to visit our office as the building’s main entrance is locked on weekends.
After Hours Permit (Form PT5004)
The Passenger Transportation Branch web site has been updated to include the new After Hours Temporary Vehicle Break-Down Incident Notification & Permit Authorization Application for Special Authorization (After Hours Permit Authorization).
The After Hours Permit Authorization is only applicable to Passenger Transportation (PT) Licensees whose licence includes a special authorization; and only in cases where the Passenger Transportation Branch is closed for business and a substitute vehicle is needed to replace a commercial passenger vehicle, with a valid PT plate (identifier), that has undergone a mechanical breakdown and/or accident related damage.
The After Hours Permit Authorization is only valid if the Licensee has met all five “Conditions” listed on the application form. Once the “Conditions” have been met, the completed After Hours Permit Authorization application becomes the authorization under which the Licensee may operate the substitute vehicle. The services provided under the After Hours Permit Authorization must be operated within the current terms and conditions of the Licensee’s licence.”
The Passenger Transportation Branch web pages have been updated to include information on Temporary Operating Permits.
Question and Answers on Legislative Changes effective July 1, 2008
(included within Bill 33)
Updated June 23, 2008
List of questions and answers on the recent change to the Passenger Transportation Act to remove the requirement for vehicle specific identifiers for commercial passenger vehicles operating under a General Authorization (GA) passenger transportation licence or the GA portion of a Hybrid (General and Special Authorization) licence.
Changes to the Licence with General Authorization resulting from the
Legislative Changes effective July 1, 2008 (part of Bill 33)
Posted May 28, 2008
Notice to Licensees with General Authorization regarding the removal and return of the passenger transportation identifier (plate/decal) and vehicle identification certificate (VIC) for commercial passenger vehicles operating under a General Authorization (GA) passenger transportation licence.
Changes to the Licence with both General and Special Authorization
resulting from the Legislative Changes effective July 1, 2008
Posted May 28, 2008
Notice to Licensees with both General and Special Authorization ("Hybrids") regarding the removal and return of the passenger transportation identifier (plate/decal) and vehicle identification certificate (VIC) for commercial passenger vehicles operating solely under a General Authorization (GA) portion of the passenger transportation licence. Included in this notice is information on toggling the vehicles between both parts of the licence.
Legislative Changes effective July 1, 2008 (included within Bill 33): Vehicle Specific
Posted May 27, 2008
Notice to Licensees regarding amendments to the Passenger Transportation Act to remove the requirement for vehicle specific identifiers for commercial passenger vehicles operating under a General Authorization (GA) passenger transportation licence or the GA portion of a Hybrid (General and Special Authorization) licence.
Party Bus Advisory (PDF)
Passenger Transportation licensees may be operating vehicles which have been modified by individuals or companies not formally certified by Transport Canada to conduct this type of work.
Repost of Amendments to Division 10 of the Motor Vehicle Act Regulation (PDF)
This is a repost of a Notice to Licensees regarding amendments to Division 10 of the Motor Vehicle Act Regulation, with reference to 15-passenger van models being operated as a commercial passenger vehicle.
WorkSafe BC Proposed Amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations
WorkSafe BC has released its 2008 Proposed Amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation for consultation.
Update on Stretch Sport Utility Vehicle - Type Limousines (PDF)
On November 11, 2006, the Registrar had posted a notice regarding the usage of stretch Lincoln Navigators and Ford Excursions. The following information is intended to provide you with an overview of the process in the event you are instructed to have your vehicle attend an Inspection Station Facility (e.g. weigh scale) by a Passenger Transportation Inspector (PTI).
Passenger Transportation Online Licence Tutorial
Assists with completing the Licence Application Process.
Passenger Transportation Online Licence Application (PDF)
To improve the application processes for applicants, the Passenger Transportation Branch recently developed an "on-line" internet-based licence application to assist companies and individuals applying for new passenger transportation licences.
Branch Processing Timelines
Renamed March 13, 2012 (formerly Timelines for Application and Licence Renewal)
Branch Processing Timelines (PDF) ) (Effective July 2010 – Reposted March 2012)
Estimated business days for processing licence applications and the replacement of passenger transportation plates and/or documents.
It has come to the attention of the Passenger Transportation Branch that some owners/lessees of stretch Lincoln Navigator and Ford Excursion limousines may be providing, at the time they are registering the vehicles with the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia, seating capacity information which isn’t consistent with the requirements of Section 10.06 of the Motor Vehicle Act Regulations (MVAR). Specifically, that Section stipulates that the seating capacity must be calculated using the formula in the Regulations, which is based in part on the difference between the manufacturer’s gross vehicle weight rating and the vehicle’s net weight.
Connector Bus Review (PDF)
The Passenger Transportation Branch is reviewing the Connector Bus exclusion to the inter-city bus definition, to ensure the application of the current wording of this exclusion is compatible with the spirit and intent of the Passenger Transportation Act.
A forum was held on October 5, 2006 with the Vancouver Island Limousine Operators to discuss the application of the Passenger Transportation Act to the Limousine Industry.
"Auxiliary Passenger Vehicles" are exempt from licensing requirements under the Passenger Transportation Act…
Administrative Penalty Framework (PDF)
The Registrar of Passenger Transportation is implementing the Administrative Penalty Framework to guide the implementation of administrative penalties solely against licensees, in recognition of licensees’ responsibilities to exercise oversight for the operation of their commercial passenger vehicles…