Driver Licencing

Information related to driver's licences.

Investigating Personation

Ticket WriterIt was always a challenge when the violator failed to produce their driver's license. Were they being truthful when they told me that they had forgotten it at home? Did the name, address and birth date that they gave me belong to someone else? That honest face was occasionally nothing more than window dressing.

CASE LAW - R v Ismail

BC Courts Coat of ArmsAltab Ismail has a significant driving record and owes ICBC money from an unresolved collision debt, so his driver's license was canceled when he made no attempt to satisfy the debt. From Mr. Ismail's point of view the difficulty lay in the fact that he worked as a delivery driver and required a driver's licence in order to earn his living.

A Happy Story about Older Drivers

Smiley FaceThank you to everyone who responded to my request for a positive topic to write about!

I heard from both a driving school instructor and a senior on this one, which is the idea that many older drivers take their driving responsibilities very seriously. So seriously in fact, that some choose to stop driving through their own choice rather than because they are forced to.

READING - IIHS Status Report, March 31, 2010

IIHS LogoVolume 45, Number 3 of the IIHS Status Report looks at two subjects in this issue, motorcycles and graduated licensing of new drivers. For motorcyclists, the wearing of helmets, the use of anti-lock brakes and the fact that mandatory training for new drivers does not seem to reduce crash rates form the bulk of the content.

CASE LAW - Maasoumian v Superintendent of Motor Vehicles

BC Courts Coat of ArmsThis case was heard in the BC Supreme Court in front of The Honourable Mr. Justice Burnyeat. Ali Maasoumian has an unenviable driving record. He accumulated 17 penalty points and the Superintendent issued a notice prohibiting him from driving for 8 months.

Q&A - The GLP Designated Driver and Passenger Rules

Q&A ImageCan someone with their N have more than one friend in the car if they are the designated driver?

The Driver Improvement Program

BC FlagThe Driver Improvement Program sounds like something designed to increase a driver's skills and make them a safer, more accomplished operator of a motor vehicle. That isn't the case however, it is the Superintendent of Motor Vehicle's way of telling you that you have too many violations and that a prohibition from driving is in your future.

Allowing an Unlicensed Minor to Drive

Enhanced BCDLI have a question. A friend of mine let his 13 year old daughter drive his car on the streets of our town! What are the implications if they got caught and/or if she got in an accident?

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.

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