New Drivers

Information regarding new drivers and the Graduated Licencing Program.

ICBC - Telematics for New Drivers Pilot

ICBC LogoDo you have less than 5 years of driving experience and hold a BC Driver's licence? If you are interested in taking part in a driver telematics pilot project ICBC is accepting up to 7,000 volunteers to see if using telematics will make you a safer driver.

CASE LAW - R v Almardy

BC Courts Coat of ArmsKhalid Almardy was stopped by police in the early morning hours of October 21, 2017 in Victoria as he was a novice driver who was not displaying a new driver sign on his vehicle and was carrying too many passengers. Cst. Christians of the Capital Region Integrated Road Safety Unit detected the odour of liquor on Mr. Almardy's breath. Drivers in the Graduated Licensing Program must have zero blood alcohol when driving.

CASE LAW - R v McEachern

BC Courts Coat of ArmsMira McEachern was a novice driver on September 17, 2016 when she was issued a traffic ticket for using an electronic device while driving. She was convicted of that offence (records do not indicate if it was because she paid the fine or was not successful in a traffic court dispute). Shortly after the conviction RoadSafetyBC notified her of a pending prohibition of 3 months due only to that conviction.

Q & A - New Driver Supervisor is Prohibited from Driving

Q&A ImageQ: If a novice driver is accompanied by someone over 25 who has a full class 5 license but is currently serving a 90 day immediate roadside prohibition, are they within the law? Does this count as an appropriate "Supervisor" ?

New Driver Licence Restrictions

New Driver SignsB.C.'s Graduated Licensing Program (GLP) was implemented to develop driving skills in a safe, step by step manner. Today, they are a widely accepted, effective safety measure. The systems that have been evaluated have been found to be very effective in reducing crashes and injuries, and public acceptance is high.

NEWS - Driver Training Bursary for Youth in Care

Federation of BC Youth in Care Networks LogoI.C.B.C., the Government of British Columbia and the Federation of B.C. Youth in Care Networks have announced $50,000 in funding to set up two bursaries that will aid youth in care. The Take the Wheel program will fund driver training and support in the coming year to enable at least 50 youth and young adults to learn to drive properly. Having a driver's licence is often critical to be able to obtain and keep a job in our society.

CASE LAW - R v C.J.S.

BC Courts Coat of ArmsC.J.S. is a young person who held a class 8 motorcycle learner's licence. He was participating in a group ride from Campbell River to Gold River on Highway 28. He was seriously injured in a collision near the intersection of McIvor Lake Road when a Prius that he had been following signalled right and turned left. This case is interesting because Justice H.W. Gordon dicusses the defence of necessity and accepts it to acquit C.J.S. on a charge failing to keep to the right of a double solid line contrary to section 155(1)(a) MVA.

CASE LAW - Gainder v The Minister of Justice

BC Courts Coat of ArmsMandeep Gainder, a novice driver, was discovered sitting in his idling car which emitted a strong odour of marihuana from the passenger compartment. Constable Troughton performed a Standardized Field Sobriety Test on Mr. Gainder who admitted smoking the drug and failed the test. A 24 hour prohibition for drug use was issued by Constable Earle. This suspension was not disputed.

CASE LAW - Mace v Superintendent of Motor Vehicles

BC Courts Coat of ArmsGordon Mace, a 40 year old driver who held a class 7 driver's licence and was part of the Graduated Licencing Program (GLP) received two traffic tickets: a speeding violation from February 21, 2015; and a violation for failing to obey a traffic control device from May 6, 2016. Subsequent to that, the Superintendent sent Mr. Mace a notice of intention to prohibit him from driving for 4 months because of the two violations. On review of that decision, the Superintendent reduced the length of the prohibition to 3 months and applied the prohibition.

Sleep, Text, Be Impaired & Supervise a New Driver

New Driver SignsEvery once in a while a visitor to DriveSmartBC will pose a question that makes me go “hmm...” This week brought one of those moments with the query “Does a driver supervisor have to be sane?” Without thinking, my response was that of course a supervisor would have to be sane, but after I thought about it, the only thing that a supervisor requires is a minimum age and a valid driver's licence.

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