PEI ready for ride-sharing
After review, government has determined that no changes to legislation are required to allow ride-sharing operations in Prince Edward Island.
“While no legislative changes are required, we feel it’s important to ensure ride-share drivers meet some basic driving history requirements to ensure the safety of Islanders. At the same time, we are reducing red-tape for taxi drivers when they apply for their driver’s licence.”
- Hon. Steven Myers, Minister of Transportation, Infrastructure and Energy
Government will offer a new type of driver’s licence for ride-share drivers. The restricted Class 4 taxicab or ride-share driver’s licence will require drivers to meet basic medical requirements and the province will review their driving abstract before they can offer ride-sharing services.
Taxi drivers will also be eligible to apply for this driver’s licence, eliminating the current requirement for taking a special road test for larger passenger vehicles.
“We hope this opens the market for innovative transportation solutions while balancing the safety interests of drivers and passengers,” added Minister Myers.
The special class 4 taxicab or ride-share driver’s licence will be available through Access PEI in Alberton, Summerside, Charlottetown, Montague and Souris starting in December.
Department of Transportation, Infrastructure and Energy
Class 4 licencing categories
Class 4: Taxi, ambulance or small bus
A Class 4 driver’s license authorizes you to operate a taxi, ambulance or van/bus with a capacity less than 25 passengers as well as vehicles in classes 5, 8, and 9. You must take a special road test with a large passenger van to qualify for this licence.
Restricted Class 4: Taxi-cab or ride-share
To get this licence, you will need to meet medical requirements and the Province will review your driving abstract. If you only intend to drive a car, you do not need to take the additional large passenger van road test.