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Original News Release

 

 

BACKGROUNDER

 

2003PSSG0023-000559

June 4, 2003

Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General

     

 

NEW PROPOSED GRADUATED LICENSING CHANGES

 


Learner Drivers

 

Original Rules

         Learner stage lasts a minimum of six months (three months with ICBC-approved driver education)

         Learnerís licence expires in one year

         Must be accompanied by a supervisor 19 years or older with a valid driverís licence

 

Proposed Rules (changes in bold)

         Learner stage lasts a minimum of 12 months (nine months with ICBC-approved driver education)

         Learnerís licence expires in two years. Must re-write the knowledge test if licence expires

         Must be accompanied by a supervisor 25 years or older with a valid driverís licence

 

Learner Motorcyclists

 

Original Rules

         Learner stage lasts a minimum of six months

         Learnerís licence expires in one year

         Must always ride within sight of a qualified supervisor 19 years or older

         Not permitted on freeway portions of Highways 1 & 99 near Vancouver

 

Proposed Rules (changes in bold)

         Learner stage lasts a minimum of 12 months

         Learnerís licence expires in two years. Must re-write the knowledge test and re-take the motorcycle skills test if licence expires

         Must always ride within sight of a qualified supervisor 25 years or older

         Restricted highways removed

 

Novice Drivers

 

Original Rules

         Novice stage lasts a minimum of 18 months

         Can carry up to 10 people

         A prohibition delays the ability to earn a full driverís licence only by the length of that prohibition

 

Proposed Rules (changes in bold)

         Novice stage lasts a minimum of 24 months

         Only one passenger:

         Unless accompanied by a supervisor 25 years or older with a valid driverís licence

         Immediate family allowed with no supervisor (father, mother, sister, brother, spouse, children, grandparents and step- or foster- relationships as above)

         Novice drivers receiving prohibitions lose their accumulated driving experience time and must start the 24-month novice stage over again

 

Novice Motorcyclists

 

Original Rules

         Novice stage lasts a minimum of 18 months

         A prohibition delays the ability to earn a full driverís licence only by the length of that prohibition

 

Proposed Rules (changes in bold)

         Novice stage lasts a minimum of 24 months

         Novice motorcyclists receiving driving prohibitions lose their accumulated driving experience time and must start the 24-month novice stage over again

 

Rules remaining unchanged

 

         Zero blood alcohol content when driving

         ďLĒ or ďNĒ sign must be displayed at the back of the vehicle

         Learner drivers prohibited from driving between midnight and 5 a.m.

         Learner motorcyclists permitted to drive only during daylight hours

         Learner motorcyclists not permitted to carry passengers or exceed 60 km/h

         Novice licences valid for five years

 

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Media

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Cindy Rose

Public Affairs Officer

250 356-6961