Q&A - Getting a Ticket After a Prohibition

New Driver Signs 2011Hello, I had a question here that I have looked for hours on the internet and can not find an answer to. Let me give you a little background first;

A few years ago I had two 24 hour suspensions for drugs as an N driver. Now because I was an N driver I was suspended further for another year all together.

It has been two years since I have gotten my license back (well almost two years) and I have gone ticket free and drug free the whole time!

The other day I heard that if you get any tickets with demerit points after a suspension on an N license, it will be suspended again and you will have to restart your N period. I just want to know what the rules are for a situtation like this,

The range of responses that the Superintendent of Motor Vehicles would choose from is found in the Driver Improvement Program Policies and Guidelines document on the OSMV web site. You are interested in table 4.3 on page 14. It suggests if you receive a ticket with demerit points within two years that there will be an additional prohibition from driving for 2 to 6 months. Any suspension/prohibition resets the clock to the start of the novice period when the driver regains their licence.

In reply to by DriveSmartBC

Thanks for your reply just wanted to make sure is the period two years or is it until you get your class 5 license. So what happens if ur past the two year mark just haven't gotten ur class five yet ?

I'm guessing that you go back to GLP driver with no prohibitions. The manual is not explicit on the point so that is the best I can come up with logically. If you don't fit one category you must be in the other.

You can always visit the RoadSafetyBC contact page and ask them.

... would be my advice.

When ICBC brought in Graduated Licensing, they fully expected that Class 7 'N' drivers would wish to exit the GLP program and acquire their Class 5 license as soon as they were eligible.  So although the Class 7 license purchased after successful Road Test completion would have a 5-year expiry (only reasonable, given the $75 fee), they figured that all those drivers would simply zoom into their local license office for the Class 5 Road Test without delay; the original Class 7 'N' licenses had a 1-year expiry, in fact, (later changed to 2-years) which is why the system is still set up to allow a Class 5 Road Test after 51 weeks, rather than the logical 52 weeks.

Instead, Class 7 'N' licencees stayed away from further testing in droves; there are tens of thousands of 'em driving around in BC, happy to slap that green sign on the back of the car, and to obey all the other attendant restrictions; many of them simply renew their 'N' after five years, rather than go through the apparent hassle of another Road Test.

That's why the advice I would give to you, or any other Class 7 driver, would be the same: spend the $35 dollars for the Class 5 Road Test fee, and the $17 for the replacement license, and get out of graduated licensing; you'll never look back, and have everything to gain in terms of renting cars, surviving the consequences of tickets, switching your license in other jurisdictions (including other countries) etc.

But please don't drink - or drug - and drive.  Even if it may seem to be legal ...