Driver's Licence Restrictions

New Driver SignsMy girls attend high school and daily I watch as many of these students fill their cars with friends while displaying the "N" reports a reader. They go on to say that they spoke to their girls about this and the girls said that these young people just ignore their driver's licence restrictions because no one checks and it is a nuisance being allowed to only carry one passenger.

These youth aren't making the connections when they have the "N" designation as to what they are doing and the consequences there will be should they be involved in a collision.

car full of teens contrary to driver's licence restrictions

Applies to Adults Too

Unfortunately, this reader is not telling me anything new, and it is not just the youth, it is the adults too. I once stopped a woman who was driving with an "L", her husband and two children in car seats. Her driver's licence restrictions allowed her only one passenger.

I was able to extend my vocabulary with some of the words that were directed at me after I served that ticket.

No Breaks for New Drivers

When the Graduated Licensing Program (GLP) debuted in BC, police took the view that there should be little leeway given to new drivers so that they would learn quickly that failing to follow the rules had significant consequences, which really meant loss of their licence for a period of time.

It was hoped that if they learned this at the start of their driving career perhaps less correction would be needed later on.

Whether this policing attitude was prevalent or not, it soon became apparent that RoadSafetyBC was handing out a significant number of prohibitions.

Suspensions Happen Quickly

New drivers face licence sanctions when they receive 4 to 6 penalty points and a moving violation coupled with failing to display a new driver sign put them there with one traffic stop. This resulted in the creation of a charging section for failing to display the sign that carried no points.

Failing to follow other restrictions still carries 3 points on conviction.

Is It Working?

Is the system working? Maybe, but then there are multi-fatality crashes occurring. Had that driver followed the rules, perhaps there would have been fewer deaths, or even no collision as there would not have been an audience to perform for.

Perhaps officers need to go back to issuing the 3 point ticket for all violations of driver's licence restrictions and refuse to let the vehicle proceed until all is in order. Short term pain for long term gain.

Parents Set the Example

Parents have the biggest stake in the solution. The police cannot set the attitude at home and it is their responsibility to see that young drivers follow all the rules. After all, they supply the permissions for both licences and vehicles until the youth reach age 18.

List of Driver's Licence Restrictions

Code Description
06 Ignition Interlock Required
07 House Trailer Endorsement
10 Operation of motorcycle allowed between sunrise and sunset only. No passengers permitted on motorcycle
11 Operation of motorcycle permitted only while under the direct supervision of an adult who holds a valid Class 6 driver’s licence. Maximum speed of 60 km/h
12 Daylight hours only
13 Class 6 or 8 not permitted to carry passengers
14 No Hwy 99 South of Vancouver or Hwy 1 East of Van or West of Hwy 9
15 Permitted to operate vehicles with air brakes
16 Not permitted to operate Class 2 or 4
17 Not permitted to operate buses
18 Permitted to operate single trucks with air brakes on industrial roads
19 Permitted to operate truck trailer with air brakes on industrial roads
20 Permitted to operate truck trailer of any GVW without air brakes
21 Corrective lenses required
22 *W* commercial class not qualified in USA
23 Hearing aid required
24 Class 6 or 8 restricted to motor scooters
25 Fitted prosthesis/leg brace required
26 Specified vehicle modifications required
28 Restricted to automatic transmission
35 Not permitted to exceed 60 km/h
36 Not permitted to exceed 80 km/h
38 Class 8L motorcycle learner licence restriction
39 GLP – Qualified supervisor age 25+ required, 1 passenger limit
43 GLP - Class 7 Learner's Licence. Restricted to 5 am to midnight only
45 GLP - 1 passenger unless supervisor age 25+. Family exempt
46 GLP - 0 BAC/BDC; Must display *L* Sign; no electronic device use
47 GLP - 0 BAC/BDC; Must display *N* Sign; no electronic device use
51 May be either a restriction or an endorsement. Follow the specific criteria written on your licence.

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The recent crash that killed 3 local hockey players from Delta is a good example of the issues around driving contrary to restriction (the issue those restrictions were trying to address), given 2 of them were 16 (Learners permit at best) and one was 17 (N).