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Province cracking down on illegal ride-hailing drivers

(Photo by Dustin Godfrey for NEWS 1130)

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Illegal ride-hailing drivers are the subject of a crackdown by the provincial government.

Victoria says it has handed out 23 fines of $1,150 as well as 20 cease and desist orders.

The Ministry of Transportation says several pop-up companies are recruiting drivers to operate their personal cars as taxis without safety inspections, proper insurance, or a police background check.

The province names Longmao, Udi Kuaiche, U Drop, RaccoonGo, GoKabu, Dingdang Carpool, and AO Rideshare as companies illegally offering ride-hailing services through apps.

“It is the driver, not the app companies, that are operating illegally and are subject to penalties and fines of $1,150. These drivers are subject to possible further sanctions for not disclosing the commercial use of their vehicles to lease and insurance providers,” reads a news release from Ministry of Transportation.