Drivers for Private Transportation Companies
The City does not issue Private Transportation Company (PTC) driver’s licences directly to individuals. You will need to apply through a PTC for a licence prior to driving for a PTC.
- If you have a taxicab or limousine driver’s licence (Vehicle-for-hire driver’s licence), you will be required to be licensed as a PTC driver to operate with a PTC.
- The PTC will apply for a PTC driver’s licence on your behalf. Information such as a criminal reference check and driver’s record will be shared with the City for review prior to issuing a PTC driver’s licence.
Your PTC will contact you directly regarding your application and licence.
You must also contact your PTC directly if you have questions about your application or any changes to your existing licence, such as contact information, vehicle change, licence cancellation, etc.
No. A separate licence is required for every PTC you are driving for.
- PTC vehicles are required to undergo a City-approved inspection and obtain a Safety Standards Certificate.
- Vehicles are required to have either snow tires or all-weather (not all-season) tires from December 1 to April 30 of the following year.
- A PTC identifier must be displayed in the rear window of your vehicle. Your PTC will provide you with your approved PTC identifier.
Private Transportation Companies (PTC), such as Uber, are responsible for submitting valid Safety Standard Certificates to ML&S on behalf of PTC drivers.
1. If a vehicle is driven more than 40,000 km in the previous year, a PTC must submit an SSC twice a year, once every six months.
2. If a vehicle is driven less than 40,000 km in the previous year, a PTC must submit an SSC once a year.
3. Valid SSCs cannot be more than 36 days old at time of submission to the Licence and Permit Issuing Office. A SSC may be submitted up to 30 days before the submission date.
4. All Safety Standards Certifications (hard copy) are to be kept in vehicle and produced upon request.
What happens if a Safety Standards Certificate is not submitted?
Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 546-15 (C) gives ML&S the authority to suspend the licence of a vehicle if a SSC is not provided within seven days of the “Next Submission Date” when an inspection has been required.
The PTC company is responsible for submitting the following fees annually to the City on behalf of its drivers:
- $15 per driver
- $0.30 per trip