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Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure

Registrar, Passenger Transportation Branch

Industry Notices — What’s New?

Modernizing B.C. Taxi Industry Frequently Asked Questions
Posted March 15, 2017

See: INDUSTRY NOTICE 170315_Modernizing_Taxi_FAQ.pdf (PDF)

B.C. invests in taxi industry to prepare for arrival of ride sharing
Posted March 7, 2017

See: News Release B.C. invests in taxi industry to prepare for arrival of ride sharing

Licence Information for PSB Operators
Posted November 19, 2015

See: INDUSTRY NOTICE 151119_Licence-Information-for-PSB-Operators.pdf (PDF)

Responsibilities of Inter-City Bus Operators
Posted July 17, 2015

See: INDUSTRY NOTICE 150717_InterCityBusOperatorResponsibilities (PDF)

Regulatory Change Impacting Perimeter Seating Buses
Revised February 27, 2015

See: INDUSTRY NOTICE 150227_PSBRegChange (PDF)

Care & Control of Your Passenger Transportation Licence
Posted Sept, 2014

See: INDUSTRY NOTICE 140902_CareControlPTLicences (PDF)

Licensees’ Obligations When Modifying or Purchasing Previously Modified Commercial Passenger Vehicles
Posted July 31, 2014

See: INDUSTRY NOTICE 140731_ObligationsModifyCommercialPassengerVehicles (PDF)

Taxi Camera Equipment Compliance Declaration
Posted April 14, 2014

See: INDUSTRY NOTICE RPT 140414_TaxiCameraEquipmentComplianceDeclaration (PDF)

“Party Buses” and the Consumption of Alcohol
Posted February 17, 2014

See: INDUSTRY NOTICE RPT 140217_PartyBusAlcohol (PDF)

Taxi Cameras
Posted October 28, 2013

See: INDUSTRY NOTICE RPT 131028_Taxi_Cameras (PDF)

Rides Home
Reposted June 26, 2013

The Rides Home web page provides options to establishments serving alcoholic beverages for getting their patrons home safely.

We've Moved!
Posted May 6, 2013

See: INDUSTRY NOTICE RPT 130506_WeMoved (PDF)

We're Moving!
Posted April 23, 2013

See: INDUSTRY NOTICE RPT 130423_WeAreMoving (PDF)

REVISED FORMS: Plate, Decal and Document Replacement Requests
Posted February 7, 2013

See: INDUSTRY NOTICE RPT 130207_PlateDecalDocumentReplacements (PDF)

FEE SCHEDULE (quick view)
Posted December 18, 2012

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)

Festive Season Temporary Operating Permits (TOPs) for Taxis
Posted November 7, 2012

See: INDUSTRY NOTICE RPT_121107_FestiveSeason (PDF)

Revised Registrar Rules of Practice and Procedure
Posted June 19, 2012

Revised Registrar Rules of Practice and Procedure (PDF)

Policy on Accepting Credit Card Payments
Posted March 13, 2012

See: INDUSTRY NOTICE RPT_120313_CreditCardSlip

A New Look for Our Website
Posted March 13, 2012

See: INDUSTRY NOTICE RPT_120313_NewLook

Introduction of Commercial Vehicle Safety Compliance Declaration Requirement
Posted June 15, 2011; title revised April 2013

See: INDUSTRY NOTICE RPT_110615-01_PTR5005B

Commercial Vehicle Safety Requirements & Importation Information Sheet
Posted June 15, 2011; title revised April 2013

See: INDUSTRY NOTICE RPT_110615-02_PTR5005A

 

Do I need a General Authorization or a Special Authorization Licence?
(revised March 2012)

The Passenger Transportation Branch web pages have been updated to include the Information Sheet:

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.

Interested in Purchasing or Leasing a Party Bus or Specialty Vehicle?
Reposted May 20, 2011

Interested in Purchasing or Leasing a Party Bus or Specialty Vehicle? (PDF)

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

Regulatory Change Impacting Perimeter Seating Buses
Posted February 26, 2015

See: INDUSTRY NOTICE 150226_PSBRegChange (PDF)

Overview of Carrier Fitness Assessments
Posted September 27, 2010

Overview of Carrier Fitness Assessments (PDF)

Further to the recent amendments to the Passenger Transportation Act: Fitness, the Registrar’s Overview of Carrier Fitness Assessments are now posted.

Amendments to the Passenger Transportation Act: Fitness
Posted June 09, 2010

Amendments to the Passenger Transportation Act: Fitness (PDF)

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.

Office hours during the first two weekends of the 2010 Olympic Games
Posted 2010

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)
Posted July 27, 2009

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.”

Temporary Operating Permits
Posted July 2009

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

Question and Answers on Legislative Changes effective July 1, 2008
(included within Bill 33) – Amended
(PDF)

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

Changes to the Licence with General Authorization resulting from the Legislative Changes effective July 1, 2008 (part of Bill 33) (PDF)

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

Changes to the Licence with both General and Special Authorization resulting from the Legislative Changes effective July 1, 2008 ( PDF)

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

Legislative Changes effective July 1, 2008 (included within Bill 33): Vehicle Specific ( PDF)

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
Posted April 15, 2008

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.

Amendments to Division 10 of the Motor Vehicle Act Regulation
Reposted February 5, 2008

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.

Proposed Amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations
Updated January 18, 2008

WorkSafe BC Proposed Amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations
(PDF)
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
Updated March 16, 2007

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
2007

Passenger Transportation Online Licence Tutorial
Assists with completing the Licence Application Process.

Passenger Transportation Online Licence Application (PTOLA)
Posted February 14, 2007

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.

Parking Advisory - Burnaby Office
Posted 2006

See: INDUSTRY NOTICE RPT_2006-03_Parking

 

Stretch Sport Utility Vehicle-Type Limousines
Posted November 11, 2006

Stretch Sport Utility Vehicle-Type Limousines (PDF)

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
Posted November 11, 2006

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.

Meeting Notes - Vancouver Island Limousine Forum
Posted October 2006

Meeting Notes - Vancouver Island Limousine Forum (PDF)

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
Effective June 14, 2006

Auxiliary Passenger Vehicles (PDF)

"Auxiliary Passenger Vehicles" are exempt from licensing requirements under the Passenger Transportation Act

Administrative Penalty Framework
Effective March 07, 2006

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…