B.C. government says illegal ride-hailing services may not have commercial insurance

The Passenger Transportation Branch has fined nearly two-dozen drivers

The provincial government is reminding passengers who use illegal ride-hailing services that they are choosing to travel in a vehicle that may not have appropriate insurance if a crash occurs.

A Ministry of Transportation news release says illegal services such as Longmao, U Drop, RaccoonGo, GoKabu, Dingdang Carpool and AO Rideshare are operating without proper insurance, safety inspections or background checks for those behind the wheel.

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Drivers recruited by the companies use their private vehicles to pick up paying passengers and the ministry says drivers, not the app companies that recruited them, bear the entire risk if something goes wrong.

The ministry says its Passenger Transportation Branch has already issued more than 20 cease-and-desist orders and 23 drivers have been fined more than 11 hundred dollars for operating without the appropriate licence.

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