Driver’s Licence Prohibitions

Filkow Law has been a leading authority on driving law in British Columbia for over 25 years. Our lawyers have assisted hundreds of clients with getting their driving prohibitions in BC revoked or reduced in length.

In law, driving is a privilege, not a right. Your driving privileges can be revoked or suspended by the Superintendent of Motor Vehicles for driving convictions, drug-related driving offences, for having too many points from traffic tickets or high-risk driving offences (cell phone/texting and excessive speeding).

Our lawyers can assist you if you have received a driving prohibition.

If the Superintendent of Motor Vehicles decides that your driving record is unsatisfactory, RoadSafetyBC will send you a letter advising you of your driving prohibition and will give you 21 days to make submissions against the driving prohibition.

The severity and frequency of the entries on your driving record will determine the length of the proposed prohibition. New Drivers (e.g., Class 7 or “N” or “L”) are subject to more intense scrutiny and can be prohibited for a single entry.

Experienced Drivers (e.g., Class 5 or Class 1) will be prohibited for any 2 of the following entries within a prescribed time period:

  • excessive speeding (41 km/h or more over the speed limit)
  • use of electronic device
  • driving without due care
  • driving without consideration
  • any alcohol or drug-related prohibitions

Experienced drivers can also be prohibited for accumulating too many tickets.

If you receive a driving prohibition in BC, you will be placed on probation for two years, during which time the Superintendent of Motor Vehicles can seek to prohibit you again if you receive further driving offences. If you are a new driver you will have to wait two years before taking your full Class 5 licence test. If you drive during your driving prohibition, you will face driving while prohibited charges in criminal court.

If the Superintendent of Motor Vehicles is prohibiting you from driving for any reason, you should contact Filkow Law immediately.

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