First you will need a vision and some love for electric cars, business or clients.
The process involves the following:
- There are two options to get started in depending on whether you will be an owner/operator or you will like to hire drivers.
If you are a going to be an owner/operator. You will need at least a Class 4 – restricted licence. To pass this, you will need to grab the relevant study guide from ICBC’s website. Otherwise, your drivers will need to have at least a Class 4. Our advice is to take a driver training test for an hour or two in other to brush up your driving skills.
If you are going to hire drivers, they will need a Class 4 – restricted minimum. A driver that can drive a taxi, limousine or an ambulance will have a Class 4 driver’s licence.
- Pass a Driver’s Medical Examination. You can obtain this from your Physician or Nurse Practitioner.
- Apply for a National Safety Code certificate here. Keep it in a safe place once you get it. You will need this certificate and number later.
- Write a business plan.
- Come up with a financial projection for your new business.
- Get support letters from members of the communities you wish to provide your service.
- Apply for a limousine licence from the Passenger Transportation Board.
- If required, get a Chauffeurs Permit from your local jurisdiction.
- Once approved by the Passenger Transportation Board, then you can:
- get an appropriate insurance from ICBC.
- take your car for an inspection using a CVSE approved inspection shop.
- activate your new licence, pay for it and order a plate from Passenger Transportation Branch.