Operating Taxis and Limousines in Nanaimo

Persons operating taxis and limousines in Nanaimo are required to have a valid Chauffeur's Permit.

City of Nanaimo Chauffeur’s Permit

As authorized under section 36 of the Motor Vehicle Act and as approved by City Council under "Chauffeurs Regulation Bylaw 1972 No 1508", an individual wishing to operate a taxicab or limousine in the City of Nanaimo is required to obtain and maintain a Chauffeur’s Permit.

How to get a Chauffeur’s Permit

If you wish to apply for a Chauffeur’s Permit to operate a taxicab or limousine in the City of Nanaimo, please complete a City of Nanaimo Chauffeur Permit Application form and bring it with the following documents to the RCMP Nanaimo Detachment, 303 Prideaux Street, Nanaimo, BC:

  • A valid Class 1, 2, or 4 photo BC Driver’s License;
  • Proof of legal entitlement to work in Canada (may be any of the following: Canadian Birth Certificate, Canadian Passport, Native Resident Card, Military Identification, BC ID Card with photo, BC Health Care Card, original Canadian Citizenship documents, work permit, or Permanent Resident Card); and
  • Original chauffeur’s permit (if renewing).

PLEASE NOTE: Applicants are required to undergo a Police Information Check with a Vulnerable Sector query. The vulnerable sector query will determine if an applicant has any convictions for a sexual offence related to vulnerable persons as listed in the Criminal Records Act (CRA) and for which a pardon was granted.

Application Requirements

  • Minimum 19 years of age;
  • Valid Class 1, 2 or 4 BC Driver’s License;
  • No more than five (5) hazardous moving violations in the past five years as scheduled in the BC Motor Vehicle Act; and
  • No criminal convictions in the past five years for: crimes of violence (including family violence), sex offences, Criminal Code traffic offences, weapons offences, and/or alcohol/drug related offences. All other offences will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

PLEASE NOTE: Applications will not be approved while outstanding criminal matters are before the courts. Charges or convictions under any other Federal or Provincial legislation or Municipal bylaws will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis; and,

Matters under the Mental Health Act will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis as supported by medical reports/recommendations from the applicant's caregiver.

Grounds for Refusal, Cancellation, or Suspension

The following are grounds for refusal, cancellation, or suspension of a City of Nanaimo Chauffeur’s Permit:

  • Any application requirement that is not met (see above);
  • New conviction of any serious criminal code offences (e.g. Impaired Driving, Dangerous Driving, Assault, etc.);
  • Charges for any serious, violent criminal offence or drug trafficking;
  • Accrual of 3 or more moving violations over any 12 months;
  • More than 1 Sec. 215 Motor Vehicle Act Driver’s License suspension in the past 5 years;
  • Current charges for operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or a drug under the Criminal Code;
  • Current charges for operating a vehicle while their driver’s license is suspended or prohibited;
  • Excessive customer complaints (3 or more in any 12-month period);
  • Receipt of reports indicating health conditions resulting in a lack of fitness to act as a chauffeur;
  • Being found at fault in 3 or more motor vehicle collisions over any 12-month period, with over $1000 damage or bodily injuries;
  • An incomplete application or false information in application; and,
  • An application may be declined if indices check reveals pattern of violence, instability or substance abuse.

PLEASE NOTE: Applicants charged with any of the offences above can re-apply upon resolution of the outstanding charges;

Permit holders will be evaluated using the indicated criteria, however, if the police chief of the municipality, on proof to his or her satisfaction, believes that a person holding a permit under subsection (3), because of his or her use of or dealing in intoxicants or narcotic drugs or any other reason, is unfit to act as a chauffeur, the police chief may suspend or cancel the permit. (per Sec. 36 Motor Vehicle Act)

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Mike Dietrich Manager, Police Support Services

Last updated: February 6, 2019

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