Administration of the Driver Improvement Program

Driver Improvement Program

The Superintendent of Motor Vehicles monitors driving records and takes corrective action when necessary – the aim is to identify high-risk drivers and then to encourage them to improve their driving habits.

Superintendent’s adjudicators will decide which driver improvement program interventions to apply and will mail you a notice to inform you of any driving prohibition decisions and any conditions or requirements placed on your driver’s licence. When considering decisions, the adjudicators refer to Driver Improvement Program Policies and Guidelines (PDF).

The Superintendent of Motor Vehicles can prohibit you from driving in any of the following cases:

  • The Superintendent considers it in the public interest – for example, if you have a bad driving record
  • Your driver’s license was suspended in another province or state
  • You haven’t provided the payment (referred to as damages) the court ordered you to pay for a vehicle accident in which you were the driver or vehicle owner
  • You have not taken the medical exam required by the Superintendent

If you have been identified as a high-risk driver, it is most likely due to the high number of penalty points you have accumulated on your driving record or your motor vehicle-related Criminal Code convictions (such as driving impaired or dangerous driving). High risk drivers can receive administrative interventions ranging from early warning letters – which advise you that your driving record is being monitored – to prohibitions from driving.

If your driving record shows a high accumulation of penalty points within a two-year period, you will be identified for an administrative intervention. Generally, nine or more active penalty points (two points if you are a driver in the Graduated Licensing Program) on your record triggers the Driver Improvement Program. While penalty point infractions may be the most common trigger, intervention decisions take into consideration non-penalty point infractions as well.

Penalty points are usually associated with traffic violation tickets served to you by police. Unless you are disputing the ticket in court, your violation ticket must be paid. Paying the violation fee constitutes a guilty charge and that results in the addition of penalty points to your driving record. For more information about penalty points and traffic violation tickets (e.g. associated offences, fines and points and how to dispute them), visit ICBC’s page at www.icbc.com/driver-licensing/tickets.

Note: Disputing a violation ticket is different from appealing for a review of a Driver Improvement Program prohibition intervention. Once a violation ticket produces a guilty charge in court, the penalty points cannot be removed from your record.

Requesting a Review – To request a review of a driving prohibition issued under the Driver Improvement Program see Review of a Prohibition Decision issued due to a Poor Driving Record on the Disputes, Appeals and Review page.

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