Passenger Directed Vehicle Driver Requirements

Prepare to apply as a driver to the new Transportation Network Services available in B.C.

To be a driver for a Transportation Network Services (TNS) you must:

Obtain at minimum a Class 4 commercial driver’s licence

Class 1, 2 or 4 are acceptable. To get a Class 4 licence you must

  • be at least 19 years old
  • have a valid class 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 licence, or equivalent licence, with at least two years of non-learner driver experience
  • demonstrate an acceptable driving record
  • successfully complete a Class 4 knowledge test and road test
  • successfully complete a vehicle safety pre-trip inspection test
  • complete all testing in English without assistance from a translator, and
  • pass a driver fitness medical examination (at application and routinely thereafter as required by the Superintendent of Motor Vehicles).

Learn more about commercial driver's licences.

Why is the government requiring Class 4 licences for TNS drivers?

  • The Class 4 licence requirement helps ensure passenger safety through increased knowledge and testing.
  • The mandatory medical fitness exam ensures drivers do not have a medical condition that may impact their driving and is completed initially at the time of licence application and periodically afterwards depending on the age of the driver.
  • Mandatory pre-trip inspections also help ensure the vehicle is in safe operating condition.
  • Class 4 ensures that individuals who had a criminal conviction for impaired driving or dangerous driving in the last three years and individuals who had four or more convictions for contraventions in the last two years (e.g. distracted driving, speeding or failing to stop) cannot become a TNS driver.

What is a Driving Record Check?

The driving record check is an abstract provided by ICBC that includes a two and three-year review period for pointable driving offences.

 You can obtain a driving record check by visiting ICBC’s website. If you have not been a resident of BC for the past three years, then you must obtain a driver’s abstract from your previous jurisdiction to ensure three years of driving records can be produced.

What is an unacceptable driving record?

Any driver who has had more than four pointable offences during the two-year review period, will be ineligible to drive for a TNS Company. Serious driving offences are included in the three-year review (e.g., motor vehicle related criminal code convictions). 

View fines and points for BC traffic offences

Complete a Criminal Record Check

All taxi and ride-hail operators are required to obtain a Criminal Record Check with a Vulnerable Sector Check.

To obtain a criminal record check:

  • Visit your local RCMP detachment or municipal police agency.
  • Bring two pieces of government issued ID, one with a photo.

To maintain your PDV licence, you must complete a criminal record check every year.

Learn more about criminal record checks.

What if, as part of my municipal chauffeur permit, I already have criminal record check?

If you currently hold a municipal chauffeur permit, you do not need to obtain a new criminal record check until the municipal chauffeur permit has expired. Upon expiration, you will have to undergo a new criminal record check.

Can I appeal a failed criminal record check?

Yes, you can appeal in writing to the Registrar of the Passenger Transportation Branch to review your criminal record check for eligibility.

Ensure Vehicle Meets All Requirements

To be a licensed PDV driver

  • Your vehicle model must be less than 10 years old
    (you can find the model date on your vehicle registration issued by ICBC)
  • Your vehicle must pass a vehicle inspection either annually or semi-annually 
  • You must complete a daily pre-trip inspection of your vehicle

What obligations do taxi and TNS drivers have regarding vehicle maintenance?

Vehicles must

  • be inspected annually if they were driven less than 40,000 km in the previous year or semi-annually if they were driven 40,000 km or more in the previous year
  • undergo regularly scheduled maintenance as per the manufacturers recommended schedule
  • have a daily pre-trip inspection performed to ensure that the vehicle is in sound mechanical condition. This includes, but is not limited to, ensuring all lights are activating, tires meet minimum requirements, the windshield is not cracked, and seat belts are operational

Where can I get a vehicle inspection?

There are designated inspection facility locations throughout the province that can provide the required mechanical safety inspection for taxis and TNS vehicles. 

Cost is set by the inspection facility and typically ranges from $100 to $300.

What happens if a TNS driver operates without an inspection?

TNS vehicles operating without a valid certificate may be ordered for inspection and issued a violation ticket for failing to display a valid certificate. 

What are the requirements for child safety restraints in TNS vehicles?

TNS vehicles must comply with the child restraint system requirement per Division 36 of the Motor Vehicle Act Regulations.