Requirements to Drive for Lucky To Go: Get Started As A Driver Today!
As of September 2019, the Passenger Transportation Board gave Transportation Network Service (TNS) companies like Lucky To Go the green light to operate throughout the province. Rideshare officially exists for British Columbians. Our plan is to launch operations in full swing in Region 2 which includes the Capital Regional District (CRD) starting summer 2020.
You’re probably super excited to sign up as a driver and start earning. However, before you kick-off, there are a few rideshare regulations specific to British Columbia that you will need to meet.
Firstly, drivers will need to hold at least a Class 4 restricted licence in order to drive with Lucky To Go. A Class 4 licence allows drivers to operate vehicles to hire like taxis, limousine and ride-sharing vehicles, for instance.
Let’s take a look at the vehicle requirements, driver requirements and earning potential of driving for Lucky To Go in British Columbia!
- Lucky To Go Operating Authority; Where can you drive with us in British Columbia?
- Vehicle Requirements in British Columbia
- Driver Requirements in British Columbia
- Pay Rates and Service Types for Lucky To Go
- How To Sign Up With Lucky To Go
- Taxes and Deductions for Ride Sharing in BC
- Vehicle Insurance Requirements for Lucky To Go Drivers
- Contact Information
Where Can You Drive for Lucky To Go in British Columbia?
Lucky To Go has been granted the TNS license to operate in British Columbia. In effect, we will begin operating in the CRD and this area includes Victoria, Langford & Sidney.
Vehicle Requirements in British Columbia
In order to work for a Transportation Network Services (TNS) company in British Columbia, your vehicle must meet certain criteria.
For Passenger Directed Vehicle driver:
- Your car must be less than 10 years old
- Regular vehicle inspections (annually or semi-annually)
- Must complete a daily pre-trip inspection of the vehicle
In addition to these prerequisites, Lucky To Go also has its own vehicle requirements that your vehicle must satisfy. Here are the basic requirements for the service types available in British Columbia:
Lucky-4 Vehicle Requirements
- Vehicle must be 9 years old or newer
- A 4-door vehicle with 5 independently opening doors
- Seat at least 4 passengers in addition to the driver
- Good condition with no cosmetic damage
- Pass a vehicle inspection by a licensed mechanic
Some Examples: Kia Forte, Chrysler 300, Nissan Altima, Toyota Corolla, Chevrolet Cruze
Lucky-6 Vehicle Requirements
- Vehicle must be 9 years old or newer
- 4-door SUV or minivan with independently opening doors
- Seat at least 6 passengers in addition to the driver
- Good condition with no cosmetic damage
- Pass a vehicle inspection by a licensed mechanic.
Some Examples: Ford Explorer, Honda Odyssey, Chevrolet Traverse, Nissan Pathfinder, Toyota Highlander
For a more complete list of Lucky To Go accepted vehicles, see the Lucky To Go Accepted Vehicle List.
Recommended: How to Increase Your Tips as a LuckyToGo Driver
Lucky To Go Vehicle Identifier (Decals)
As per the rideshare regulations in British Columbia, drivers must place decals on their windshields while driving for TNS. Decals must be placed on the front windshield on the passenger side, and the back window on the driver’s side (see below).
After final approval as Lucky driver, LTG will mail you a set of decals to display on your vehicle.
What is a pre-trip inspection?
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Driver must completely fill-out a digital pre-trip inspection report before logging into the Lucky Driver app for the day.
Lastly, it is also important to have a pre-trip inspection report with you while you are driving for Lucky To Go. You may be asked to present proof of pre-trip inspection if you are pulled over by enforcement officers.
Why do you need a vehicle inspection?
As a PDV driver, the obligation to maintain the safety of your vehicle falls on you. This entails regular inspections and sticking with the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance schedule.
In British Columbia, you either need to complete an inspection annually or semi-annually, depending on how much you drive your vehicle.
If you drove over 40,000km in the previous year, you are required to complete a vehicle inspection twice a year.
If you drove under 40,000km in the previous year, you are required to inspect your vehicle only once a year.
There are many locations you can bring your vehicle for a TNS inspection. The inspection should cost you $80-$300 depending on where you go.
Driver Requirements For Lucky To Go
Lucky To Go drivers in British Columbia are required to have either a Class 1, Class 2, or Class 4 driver’s licence.
Need to get your Class 4 Licence? Learn how to get your Class 4 license in British Columbia and get ready to drive!
Hours of Service for TNS
Being a licensed Class 4 commercial driver, you are expected to follow the ‘Hours of Service’ regulations. These directives are pretty straightforward to uphold as a rideshare driver.
The Hours of Service regulations state that a driver can either be on-duty or off-duty. In plain-speak, you can be online for 13 hours in a day before requiring a minimum of 6 consecutive hours of off-duty time. For Lucky To Go drivers, the Driver app will keep track of your on-duty time for you.
Here are some examples of being On-Duty:
- Enroute or waiting for a pickup
- Performing pre-trip inspections
- Fueling or replenishing rider snacks
- Time spent delivering deliveries
- Taking your car for a safety inspection
Here is LTG’s insurance policy with the ICBC.
For drivers this means that while they are on a trip with Lucky To Go they are covered. Once drivers are no longer on a trip, they are back on their own personal insurance plan.
The basic rideshare insurance plan will cover drivers up to $5 million in third-party liability and $300,000 in accident benefits.
Background Checks and Driving Records
In British Columbia, a clean driving record means having less than 4 convictions within the past 2 years. You can get a driver’s record from the ICBC, called an N-print. If you are new to British Columbia then you will need to get a driver’s abstract from the location you moved from.
A police record check is also required, this check helps ensure that Lucky To Go is hiring reliable drivers. You will need to visit your local RCMP station to obtain your police record check. Make sure it includes the Vulnerable Sector Check. There may be a cost for the record check, depending on where you go.
You can use this checklist to see what the criteria are to pass a record check.
- Download the “Lucky Driver” app (Android or iPhone).
- Enter your information and upload documents. You will need to upload the following documents: insurance, driver’s licence, vehicle registration, and proof of work eligibility.
- Complete a vehicle inspection and upload the Safety Standards Certificate by taking a picture.
- A background check is required to drive for Lucky To Go, this may sometimes take a few days and a visit to a LTG head office may be required.
- Lucky To Go will notify you by e-mail and in the app when you are approved.
- Lucky Driver Enrollment checklist
Taxes and Deductions for LTG Drivers
As a Lucky driver, you are not an employee but are self-employed contracting with Lucky To Go. Correspondingly, you are responsible for remitting your own taxes and keeping track of your expenses, just like another business owner.
More information about taxation will be provided in the Help Center.
Also Read: Safety Tips for Ride-hailing Drivers
What your Autoplan Broker will Need to Know
When you are discussing your rideshare insurance plane with your broker it is important to come prepared with this information. LTG is working with Hub international Insurance for TNS Blanket insurance.
What are the requirements to drive for a ride-hailing company?
- a Class 4 (restricted) commercial driver’s licence issued in B.C.
- a criminal record check
- a vehicle that meets all requirements and has passed a vehicle inspection
Lucky-To-Go has negotiated with HUB International for a convenient “ready to pick up” option. You will have the option to simply contact the following and the documents will be amended to the specifications of the requirements. This saves time waiting in line at the brokerage. Call the HUB agent and they will verify the information over the phone. Once the transaction is complete, you can simply stop by the office and sign the awaiting and printed documents, and leave.
Lucky-To-Go Hub International ICBC representative
Jack Liu – Victoria office
Direct Telephone : 250-984-6123
Eric Aardema – Colwood office
Direct Telephone: 250-915-5062
Lucky To Go British Columbia Contact Information
Lucky To Go support number: 1-866-44 LUCKY
Lucky To Go Help Center: Help Center
703 Broughton St Unit 100,
Victoria, British Columbia