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    British Columbia Driver Information

    This page provides information about vehicle, driver, and document requirements to drive with Lyft in British Columbia.
    To apply to drive in British Columbia, submit an application online or in the Lyft Driver app –– download it from the App Store (iOS) or the Google Play store. To be approved to drive, applicants must meet these requirements.
    Heads up: Rideshare drivers in British Columbia are required to have a class 1, 2, or 4 commercial driver's license.
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    What you need to drive with Lyft in British Columbia

    Drivers are required to maintain current documents. Failing to update a required document before the expiration date results in temporary deactivation.
    Use your Lyft Driver app or Driver Dashboard to upload your documents.
    Vehicle requirements
    • 9 years old or newer
    • British Columbia license plate
    • 4 doors
    • 5-8 seats, including the driver's
    • Not a taxi or stretch limousine
    Have a luxury car? See if your car qualifies for Lyft Lux or Lyft Lux Black to earn more on each ride.
    Driver requirements
    Commercial driver’s license
    Rideshare drivers in British Columbia are required to have a class 1, 2, or 4 commercial driver’s license. Class 4 commercial driver’s licenses can be restricted or unrestricted. Be sure to apply for one as soon as possible, as it can take some time to complete the process.
    See the ICBC’s website for full instructions on how to get your commercial driver’s license, as well as a list of testing locations.
    Document requirements
    ICBC vehicle registration
    Rideshare drivers in British Columbia are required to provide an ICBC vehicle registration document. To prevent delays, make sure your registration document is valid (not expired), and matches the vehicle on file with Lyft.
    See the ICBC website for instructions to get your vehicle registration.
    Commercial Vehicle Inspection Report
    Rideshare drivers in British Columbia are required to obtain and provide a British Columbia Commercial Vehicle Inspection Report. Your Commercial Vehicle Inspection Report must:
    • Have a decal expiry date
    • Show decal in the top right corner
    • Have all complete car information
    • Have all inspection results filled out
    • Match the vehicle on file with Lyft
    To get a Commercial Vehicle Inspection, visit your nearest inspection location. Then upload your completed inspection document in your Driver app or Dashboard.
    Inspections must be renewed annually when your vehicle has traveled less than 40,000 KM in the previous year, or every 6 months if your vehicle has traveled more than 40,000 KM in the previous year.
    Keep a copy of your Commercial Vehicle Inspection Report in your car at all times, as you may be required to present the document to local law enforcement upon request.
    Example Commercial Vehicle Inspection Report documents:
    Proof of work eligibility
    Proof of work eligibility document must contain your name, and can be any of the following (click the name for a sample image):
    Commercial driving record
    Rideshare Drivers in British Columbia are required to obtain and provide a copy of their Commercial driving record (sometimes known as a National Safety code abstract). Here’s how to get yours:
    1. Visit the ICBC website to request your Commercial driving record document.
    2. Under ‘Select the document(s) you need,’ choose ‘Commercial driving record (National Safety Code abstract).’
    3. In the 'Email (optional)' field, enter bc_docs@lyft.com, then click ‘Submit’ to send your doc for review.
    Note: This step can take multiple days to complete. Once you submit the form to the email address above, please allow 3-5 business days for a status update.
    Here’s an example of the driving record request form on the ICBC website:
    example icbc driving record request form
    GST number
    After being approved to drive, rideshare drivers in British Columbia are required to register for, and remit, Goods and Services Tax (GST). Learn more about GST requirements here.
    Emblem requirements
    Drivers are required to display two Lyft emblems while in driver mode. The Lyft emblem is Lyft’s official trade dress. It helps passengers and law enforcement identify your vehicle.
    Emblems
    Refer to the image above for where to place your Lyft emblems. Make sure to remove the emblem when you're not in driver mode.
    Lyft emblem
    If you’ve just been approved to drive, you should receive your Lyft emblems shortly. If you didn't get one or need a new one, contact us. In the meantime, you may print a temporary emblem.
    If you’re removed from the platform or no longer wish to drive with Lyft, please return your trade dress emblem to Lyft at our Hub location, or by mail to:
    Lyft Canada, Inc.
    c/o WeWork
    555 Burrard St
    Vancouver, BC
    Canada V7X 1M8

    British Columbia driver regulations

    Be sure to follow these rules when giving rides in British Columbia, and keep an eye on your email for important updates from Lyft.
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    Hourly driver mode limits
    In addition to Lyft's mandatory break and time limits, in British Columbia drivers may not provide rides for more than 13 cumulative hours without taking at least an 8 consecutive hours break.More information about driver hour restrictions is available here.
    If you have additional questions about driver hours, please contact the National Safety Code office at 250-952-0576.
    Daily pre-trip inspection
    Rideshare vehicles in British Columbia must conduct a pre-trip inspection before the first trip of each day to ensure that the vehicle is in sound mechanical condition.
    The inspection must include:
    • Service brakes, including trailer brake connections and brake adjustments;
    • Parking brake;
    • Steering mechanism;
    • Lighting devices and reflectors;
    • Tires;
    • Horn;
    • Windshield wipers;
    • Rear vision mirrors;
    • Coupling devices;
    • Wheels and rims;
    • Emergency equipment;
    • Load securement devices.
    Record Check Certificate
    Upon request of law enforcement, you are required to present your Record Check Certificate.
    Here’s how to access your Record Check Certificate in the app:
    1. Open the sidebar menu
    2. Tap 'Vehicle'
    3. Tap 'See details'
    4. Tap 'Vehicle documents'
    5. Select your vehicle
    6. Tap 'Record Check Certificate'
    7. You'll be taken to a browser window, and prompted to confirm your phone number (using an SMS code) and driver's license number
    Accommodation of guide and service animals
    In addition to Lyft's service animal policy, drivers in British Columbia should be aware of and comply with Provincial requirements related to guide and service animals.
    Best practices
    • Display all required emblems and placards
    • Always keep your driver’s license, registration, and Commercial Vehicle Inspection document in your vehicle
    • Don't accept street hails
    • Don't accept cash for rides
    • Don't wait in taxi lines

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    In-person support

    We're opening Lyft Hubs across the country to offer in-person support for drivers. Your local Hub is a one-stop-shop for answers on everything from setting up direct deposit to discovering where you’ll get the most ride requests.

    Moving to or from British Columbia

    If you're already a driver in a different province, and you're moving to British Columbia, send us a message with the following info:
    Moving from British Columbia to a different province? Find your new market here to see what steps you’ll need to take.

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