The provincial government is reminding New Year’s Eve revelers who intend to use for-hire vehicles such as limousines and “party buses” to familiarize themselves with the laws and regulations that govern them.
Drinking alcohol in any private or commercial vehicle is illegal in B.C., whether the vehicle is moving or not.
You’re encouraged to look for companies that advertise strict policies related to consuming alcohol in vehicles.
The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure has distributed over 800 decals to operators for display in their vehicles, reminding passengers that alcohol is not allowed.
Operators using any size vehicles with limo-style or party bus perimeter seating must have a special authorization licence.
These licences state where vehicles can operate and limit fleet size
Police will be monitoring limousines and party buses through the weekend.
Operators that allow the consumption of alcohol in their vehicles will be penalized, and passengers in these vehicles also have a responsibility to adhere to the Province’s liquor laws.
Operators who do not comply with liquor laws run the risk of losing their licence, and minors in possession of alcohol are subject to a $230 fine.