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Four unlicensed ride-hail operators caught and fined

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 11:24 PDT, Wed June 15, 2022

Last Updated: 11:23 PDT, Thu June 16, 2022

Richmond RCMP’s road safety unit recently caught four unlicensed ride-hail operators, fining each one nearly $1,800.

The effort was a partnership with the B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, and took place in late May.

This was a very successful targeted enforcement project. By coordinating efforts with our counterparts at the ministry, the Richmond RCMP road safety unit was able to identify four passenger vehicle operators whose entrepreneurial endeavours were unlicensed, unsafe, and unwelcome in our community,” says Cpl. Ian Henderson of the Richmond RCMP.Richmond RCMP is committed to promoting public safety on our streets and roadways. Given the success of this project aimed at unsafe ride-hail operations, the public can expect to see similar targeted enforcement projects in the future.

Each of the unlicensed ride-hail operators were fined under the following charges:

  • Operating a commercial passenger vehicle without a permit, contrary to section 57(1) of the B.C. Passenger Transportation Act ($1,150)
  • Operating a commercial passenger vehicle with the wrong class of drivers license, contrary to section 24(1) of the B.C. Motor Vehicle Act ($276)
  • Operating a commercial passenger vehicle without a certificate of inspection, contrary to section 25.07(1) of the B.C. Motor Vehicle Act Regulations ($357)

As well, each of the operators received a notice and order requiring an immediate inspection of their vehicle. Officers towed one of the vehicles from the scene.

Safety is the ministry’s highest priority, and that includes protecting passengers against the dangers of illegal ride-hail, says Perry Dennis, deputy registrar with the ministry’s passenger transportation branch. We have increased our enforcement activities to address illegal ride-hail, and we are stepping up our education of drivers who may not be aware they are working for illegal ride-hail companies, as well as potential passengers of these unlicensed services.

Anyone with information on unlicensed ride-hailing operations in Richmond is asked to contact Richmond RCMP at 604-278-1212, or the ministry’s passenger transportation branch at 604 527-2198 or passengertransportationbr@gov.bc.ca. Should you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

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