If you operate a taxi, limo or similar kind of commercial passenger service, you’ll know about the Passenger Transportation Branch and the Passenger Transportation Board. If you don’t, or if you’re just wanting to get started in the industry, chances are pretty good you might have never heard of them before. So who are they, and what do they do?
If you’re looking for the Coles Notes version, it basically comes down to this: if you’re driving people around, and you’re making money at it, you probably need a licence for that. The folks at the Passenger Transportation Branch are the ones that make that happen.
Depending on the vehicle(s) a company wants to use and the service they want to provide, they will need either a general authorization or special authorization licence. What’s the difference? Well, the general authorization licences are for vehicles like large tour, charter or sight-seeing buses with routes that are determined by the company. Special authorization licences are for vehicles like inter-city buses and small passenger-directed vehicles, like taxis and limousines.
The branch handles all the general authorization licences, but they send any special authorization licences to the board for review and approval.
Think of it like this: the Passenger Transportation Branch deals with all the day-to-day business of commercial passenger transportation licencing, and they’re part of the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure. The Passenger Transportation Board is called in when decisions have to be made on appeals and certain licence applications, and they’re an independent body that’s not really part of government.
If you’d like to find out more about either the branch or the board, they have a lot of great information on their websites. And if you have any other questions about the branch or the board, ask away. You can leave a comment below or connect with us on Facebook or Twitter.