Transportation Network Services - Information for Passengers

Consumers familiar with ride-hailing services will soon be able to access these service in B.C. from companies operating under a Transportation Network Service licence. These services will allow passengers to hire and pay for travel through a website or mobile application. 

Follow these tips for using a Transportation Network Service (TNS)

  • Always book your trips through the company website or app.
  • Before entering the vehicle, verify that the vehicle and driver identity match the information provided to you when you booked your trip.  
  • To ensure the safety of both drivers and passengers, TNS vehicles should never be hailed from the street.  In fact, it is illegal for a TNS driver to pick up a street hailing passenger.  
  • Fares should be stated prior to accepting a trip and paid for via credit card on the website or app. No cash transactions are allowed for TNS services.

How is a Transportation Network Service Different from a Taxi Service

Differences Between Taxi Services and TNS Services
Taxi Services TNS Services
Can be hailed from the street Cannot be hailed from the street
May be booked for hire through an app, phone, or website Can only be booked for hire using a transportation network system (app, website, or digital dispatch system)
Charge fares when the passenger is dropped off Generally set fees when the booking is confirmed and prior to the passenger’s pick up
Have more choice of payment (e.g. app, visa, debit, or cash) May accept payment only through the TNS application
Must display taxi vehicle identifiers such as Passenger Transportation plate or company-specific unit number  Must display TNS vehicle identifiers such as company name/logo

 

Differences Between Taxis and TNS Vehicles
Taxis TNS Vehicles

Outside the Vehicle:

  • Passenger Transportation numbered plate displayed on the front of the vehicle.
  • Car number
  • Top light on roof of vehicle

Outside the Vehicle:

  • Colour of vehicle and licence plate number that matches the description in the app you ordered from
  • Company name/logo

Inside the Vehicle:

  • Car number
  • Driver record check certificate which includes driver’s name & photo identification (including driver number) *
  • Taxi Bill of Rights
  • Fare and baggage charge information
  • Information on how to register a complaint
  • Taxi meter (some small communities have board approved flat rates and a meter is not a requirement)

Inside the Vehicle:

  • Driver record check certificate to be available on the online platform

*Drivers may continue to use valid chauffer permits until they expire.  Subsequently, they will have to adhere to the requirements of the identified in the regulations.

Registering a Complaint

  • For immediate safety issues (e.g. impaired driving) call 911 immediately.
  • Other complaints should be directed to the taxi or TNS company first.
  • If you are not satisfied with the response you can lodge a complaint with regulators by contacting Consumer Protection BC
    The Consumer Protection Branch BC works in partnership with the Passenger Transportation Branch to handle complaints. Consumers can call the Consumer Protection Branch toll-free at 1-888-564-9963 or file a complaint on the website.