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Three more unlicensed ride-hail operators caught and fined in Richmond

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 5:20 PDT, Wed August 10, 2022

Late last month, Richmond RCMP again teamed up with the B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure to disrupt unlicensed ride-hail operations in the city.

In May, a similar coordinated effort identified four unlicensed ride-hail operators and served them each with nearly $1,800 in fines. This time, three more were found and fined.

Each of the unlicensed ride-hail operators received a total of nearly $1,800 worth of fines under the following charges:

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

Although none of the suspect drivers has been identified as an unlicensed ride-hail operator in Richmond before, one of them had allegedly been identified in a similar project in Burnaby earlier this year. This driver also received a notice and order for an immediate vehicle inspection due to visible damage on his vehicle. His licence plates were seized and his vehicle was towed.

“Richmond RCMP is committed to promoting safety on our streets and roadways,” says Cpl. Ian Henderson. “By continuing to coordinate with our counterparts at the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, the Richmond RCMP road safety unit continues to identify and disrupt passenger vehicle operators whose entrepreneurial endeavours are unlicensed, unsafe, and unwelcome in our community.”

Anyone with information on unlicensed ride-hailing operations in Richmond is asked to contact Richmond RCMP at 604-278-1212, or the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure’s Passenger Transportation Branch at 604-527-2198 or 

Should you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

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