New Drivers

Information regarding new drivers and the Graduated Licencing Program.

Q&A - First Ticket

New Driver Signs 2011A few days ago, I have just received my first Novice License and had retained my L for a year without any issue or ticket. Today, I have driven up Burnaby mountain, and down for the first time and was ticketed out a speeding at 92km/hour in a 60km/hour zone.

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.

Q&A - Distracted Driving With an N

New Driver Signs 2011I recieved a ticket a week ago for cell phone use while driving. It was my first ticket aside from a parking ticket. On the ticket it also includes a fine for failing to display my N.

If I pay this ticket am I going to be prohibited from driving? Is there anything I can do? I have a job that requires driving. 

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.

Q&A - N Driver for Supervisor

New Driver Signs 2011My girlfriend's younger brother recently got his L license. My girlfriend and I both have our N license.

Q&A - Will a Collision Affect My "N"?

New Driver Signs 2011I got into a car accident by rear ending someone but the damage was basically a minor "fender bender", just minor damage to their license plate and mine. I just fell  asleep for one or two seconds while slowly moving through heavy traffic after a long day at school. I was also driving with my N license and my question is, would  anything happen to my license after this incident?

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.

Q&A - Does Your Supervisor Have to be Sane?

New Driver Signs 2011I'm just wondering if there is something in writing that states that the person who is being the supervising passenger, that is of age and holds a valid licence, is also required to be of sound mind and body. This meaning, specifically, that if the supervising passenger is drunk and unable to drive, they can still technically be the valid passenger, and the person with the "L" can still drive them home.

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