VANCOUVER, Canada - The city of Vancouver and the Motor
Carrier Commission of British Columbia have signed a bill
to allow chauffeur-driven sedans. The decision comes after
many years of pressure from local transportation operators
and their customers.
Vancouver was one of only a few cities in North America
that had yet to approve the sedans. "It was so overdue,"
said Randy Snider, president of Star Limousine Service
Ltd. "It was ridiculous how many years this took to be
The new law permits chauffeur-driven sedans in a 2-to-1
ratio. For example, a company with 10 limousines may only
have a maximum of five licenses for sedans, and so on.
Transportation operators cannot license sedans that are
over two years old, and they must replace sedans older than
For many business executives, chauffeur-driven sedans are
the preferred mode of ground transportation, because they
are more discreet than limousines yet more private than
taxi cabs. "Companies are excited to know that we have them
legally. About 75-80 percent of our business is dealing
with corporations," Snider said, whose service added six
sedans to its fleet of 38 limousines, vans and mini-buses.
The taxi cab industry was a major deterrent to passing the
sedan bill. "It took so long because of the amount of
pressure [it] presented over the years," Snider said.
In 2001, sedans accounted for 42 percent of vehicles
operated in the limousine and chauffeured transportation
industry. Stretch limousines were second, at 18 percent.