Poparide operates under carpooling regulations under the BC Passenger Transportation Act and is not considered a commercial service under the law. Drivers can therefore offer rides on Poparide with their regular driver's license, and do not require a class 4 license.
What the BC Passenger Transportation Act says
Poparide drivers fall under an exemption of the Passenger Transportation Act, which states that carpooling is allowed with regular licensing under the following conditions:
- The driver and passenger share a trip with a common origin and destination
- The driver does no more than one return trip a day
- The driver receives contributions towards their costs and does not turn a profit
- The seating capacity of the vehicle is not more than 11 passengers
To ensure this is the case, Poparide caps prices at 15c per km and we monitor our drivers' activity closely.
What about ride-hailing?
Ride-hailing like Uber and Lyft is not considered carpooling because it is a commercial activity and falls under ride-hailing regulations as set out by the BC Government, which have stringent requirements, including getting a class 4 license.
If you are interested in learning more on this topic, you can read the article we published in our blog called "Uber and Lyft are not ridesharing".