Driver Licencing

Information related to driver's licences.

Q&A - Can Dad Drive in the US?

older driver and carMy 89 years old father voluntarily restricted his driving license, after an at fault single vehicle accident 5 years ago, to local driving only. While recently vacationing in Washington State he asked “can I drive here”. I wasn’t sure as lives in Lillooet B.C.  Unfortunately I didn’t look at his drivers license to check if he was restricted to 50 kmh.

Driving and Diabetes

InsulinI was approached by a friend whose teenager had just been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. She had discovered that some driving schools offered specific driver training for new drivers that suffered from the disease. Was I aware of any driving school that offered a course like this in our part of British Columbia?

CASE LAW - Potestio v Superintendent of Motor Vehicles

BC Courts Coat of ArmsFrank Potestio added four hazardous moving violations and one fail to wear seatbelt violation to his driving record between August 29, 2009 to May 9, 2011. He was sent a warning letter on June 19, 2011. Mr. Potestio committed two further driving offences on February 2, 2012 and was sent a letter placing him on probation for six months effective March 8, 2012. On January 16, 2013, Mr. Potestio committed a further offence of speeding. On March 5, 2013, the Superintendent sent Mr. Potestio a notice of prohibition for a period of three months.

Q&A - Impersonation

Q&A ImageIt's drivers licence renewal time. You organize and drop by the nearest ICBC Driver Service Center to pay your renewal fee, have your picture taken and leave with your temporary new licence with the promise that you will receive your picture licence in them mail shortly. For most of us, that's the scenario.

RESOURCE - Guides for Determining Medical Fitness to Drive

Question MarkHave you ever wondered what the medical standards for driver fitness were in British Columbia? The British Columbia Medical Associations "Guide to Drive" is available on line at the link below. These standards are referred to by the Office of the Superintendent of Motor Vehicles when making driver fitness determinations.

Q&A - Driving with out of country driver's license

Q&A ImageMy sister will be coming to Vancouver to visit me from Serbia. She has a valid Serbian driving license, but no insurance (she currently doesn’t own a car). I have a valid BC (ICBC) insurance on my vehicle, and a valid BC driver’s license. Will she be able to drive my car? Does she need to buy some additional insurance for driving my car, or will my insurance cover any damage in case of an accident?

Q&a - How Does My Son Get His Licence Back?

Counter Attack LogoIt has been over a year since my son lost his licence for pleading guilty to drinking too much wine at my new years dinner and running to the store for me. He went through a road block, and blew over. I would not have sent him if I thought he was impaired, but with the new laws, he was guilty. 

Q&A - Exchanging Alberta Learner's Licence for a BC Learner's

Q&A ImageI am inquiring about my learners permit. I live in Courtenay BC and have a valid learners from Alberta, can I switch it over to a BC learners permit?! And in the meantime can I drive here with it as long as I have an L on my vehicle?

Q&A - My First Speeding Ticket

New Driver Signs 2011I got my first speeding ticket a couple of weeks ago while still on my N. When I first got my N, I was told that the earliest month that I would be able to take the Class 5 test was May or June of this year. However, how will this speeding ticket affect my insurance, driving record, and my right to take the Class 5 test as scheduled? (Other than a couple of parking tickets, my driving record is clean).

Q&A - Working in Alberta, Living in BC, Do I Need a BCDL and ICBC Insurance?

Q&A ImageIn my current position I come across a large amount of drivers who seem to live in British Columbia but have Alberta licence plates and insurance. The story goes that they husband works in Alberta and commutes back to British Columbia on their days off. Most of the time their wife and children live full time in BC, kids attend a BC school etc.

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