NEWS - Is Uber Coming to British Columbia?
The news agencies are busily discussing the possibility of Uber becoming active in Vancouver. Uber is a way to make money with your vehicle by sharing rides in your vehicle with people willing to pay less than taxi fare to you. You sign up as a driver with Uber and the Uber app puts people seeking a ride in touch with you via smart phone. A simple way to earn cash? Not in BC.
Before you sign up with Uber you should be aware that using your private vehicle for business purposes could void your insurance coverage should you be involved in a collision while carrying a paying passenger. Discuss this very carefully with your insurance agent before you sign up.
Be aware that the Passenger Transportation Act and Regulation require licencing and inspection as well as fare and territory control. Uber does not replace this and violations can be very costly, $1,150.00 in fact.
Regardless of the fact that Uber will currently accept your application as a driver in Vancouver, you should be aware of the significant pitfalls related to your participation under current BC laws.
- The Uber Web Site
- BC Government News Regarding Uber's 2012 Attempt to Set Up in BC
- Passenger Transportation Act
- Passenger Transportation Regulation