Driver Licencing

Information related to driver's licences.

RESEARCH - Are Graduated Licensing Programs Effective?

TIRF LogoThe Traffic Injury Research Foundation has released a report titled "An evaluation of graduated driver licensing programs in North America." The report concludes that graduated licensing reduces a 16 year old's chance of a fatal collision by 19%, chiefly by reducing the number of people in the vehicle driven by the teen. Negligible effects were seen for drivers in the 17 to 19 year old age groups.

Unlicenced Drivers and Vehicle Impounds

Vehicle ImpoundTaking your neighbour's request at face value turned out to be an expensive lesson for Jessica. She had loaned her vehicle to a neighbour and somewhere along the journey the neighbour met up with the police. The neighbour was a vehicle impound candidate because they didn't have a valid driver's license and Jessica was now faced with making an application to the Superintendent of Motor Vehicles to attempt to have her vehicle returned to her before the end of the impoundment period.

Q&A - Enhanced BC Driver's License

Q&A ImageI want to travel to the United States, but I don't want to apply for a Canadian Passport. I understand that I can obtain a special version of a BC driver's license that I can use instead. How do I go about this?

International Driving Permit

International Driving PermitMany people mistakenly call an International Driving Permit (IDP) an International Driver's License. Their belief is that the IDP alone allows them to drive here at home and abroad, perhaps even when they do not hold a valid driver's license or they are prohibited from driving. Unscrupulous businesses exist that will sell what they hold out as being a valid international driver's license for significant sums of money without requiring proof that the applicant is licensed at all.

Q&A: Out of Province Driver's Licenses

Q&A ImageMy 18 year old daughter would like to go to Victoria. She has her Washington state driver's license. Is she allowed to drive by herself in BC with that license? Is she allowed to carry passengers?

Motorcycle Driver Licencing

MotorcycleBack on the 25th of July I wrote about the rash of motorcycle collisions on Vancouver Island. Most were attributed to driver error and I wrote that the Graduated Licencing Program gave new drivers plenty of time to develop their skills before moving on to the next stage.

More on Driver's Licence Restrictions

BC Driver's LicenceMany drivers have what are referred to as restrictions on their driver's license. These restrictions may be limiting, such as being allowed a maximum number of passengers if you are in the Graduated Licensing Program or having to wear corrective lenses if your eyesight does not meet minimum standards. They may also be empowering as is the case with being allowed to operate air brake equipped vehicles or tow a trailer with a Gross Vehicle Weight over 4, 600 kg. In all cases, restrictions must be obeyed, or the driver will find themselves in difficulty if they are stopped by the police or they are involved in a collision.

Motorcycle Driver's Licence Restrictions

BC Driver's LicenceThis week must be disobey restriction week for learner motorcycle riders. I attended an off road left collision involving a learner driver on a motorcycle. He was restricted to having an instructor aged 25+ and a speed of no more than 60 km/h. The instructor was 21 and explained that they couldn't have been doing more than 70 in the 60 zone before the crash.

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