If you’re having a hard time catching them all – a Pokemon chauffeur might be just what you need.
A dozen people have posted advertisements on Craigslist’s Vancouver site offering to drive players around as they use their smartphones to locate “augmented reality” Pokemon, PokeStops and Pokemon Gyms scattered across the Lower Mainland.
Some drivers have listed rules indicating they won’t speed or perform any illegal manoeuvres while their passengers try to catch all 151 unique Pokemon.
Police have released safety tips as Pokemon Go’s popularity surges ahead of its official Canadian release, with at least two detachments advising against playing while behind the wheel.
Vancouver police are asking players to “say no to distracted game playing” while Richmond RCMP warned against “distracted behaviours including driving and walking.”
Lon LaClaire, director of transportation for the City of Vancouver, said in an email that the city discourages players from using the Pokemon Go chauffeur services listed on Craigslist.
“Under the Vehicle For Hire Bylaw (S. 7(1)), the City does not allow someone to operate a vehicle for hire without a valid licence,” LaClaire said.
“However, given the beautiful weather expected this weekend, we do encourage players to walk, cycle or take transit to capture their Pokemon.
“We would also like to remind players to only look at their phones when stopped in a safe location, stay hydrated, use sunscreen, stay off of private property and remember, they aren’t real.”