Administration of the Remedial Programs
RoadSafetyBC oversees two remedial programs for drivers who have received alcohol or drug related prohibitions: the Responsible Driver Program (RDP) and the Ignition Interlock Program (IIP). Drivers are referred to a remedial program when they meet a minimum threshold of remedial program points, or when the Superintendent considers that, with respect to the person’s unsatisfactory driving record, skills, fitness or ability to drive and operate a motor vehicle, it is in the public interest to make a referral.
The RDP and the IIP provide the Superintendent with a means to address drinking and driving behavior through education and counselling. The RDP is designed to protect public safety and help drivers to separate their alcohol and/or drug use from their driving. The IIP is designed to protect road users by preventing drivers from operating their vehicles while affected by alcohol, while reinforcing the remedial benefits of the education and counselling programs.
On February 3, 2016, RoadSafetyBC implemented mandatory referrals to remedial programs for drivers affected by alcohol or drugs. Referrals to remedial programs are based on a simple points system; drivers that accumulate 6-16 remedial program points within the preceding five years will be required to participate in the RDP or the RDP combined with the IIP.
Please note that mandatory referrals to the RDP and the IIP come into effect for prohibitions or convictions occurring on or after February 3, 2016, however, prohibitions or convictions occurring prior to February 3, 2016, will be considered for the purposes of determining remedial program points totals.
Please see Mandatory Criteria Matrix for details regarding the points associated with drug/alcohol related driving prohibitions and/or convictions, and the point ranges associated with mandatory referrals to remedial programs. Also see, Motor Vehicle Act (MVA) Regulations.
Mandatory referrals to the remedial programs are not eligible for reconsideration.
- Making a Request for an Extension to the Remedial Program Completion Deadline (PDF)
- Application for Extension to the Remedial Program Completion Deadline (PDF) [Form MV0720]
Drivers whose remedial program points totals do not meet the criteria outlined above may be referred to remedial programs based on the discretion of the Superintendent. Discretionary referrals to remedial programs are eligible for reconsideration. If you wish to seek a reconsideration of a discretionary referral to remedial programs, see Reconsideration of a Referral to Remedial Programs. The Superintendent's adjudicators will review the referral and any information submitted by you along with the Application for Reconsideration. When considering decisions, the adjudicators refer to Remedial and Ignition Interlock Programs Policies and Guidelines (PDF).
Prior to February 3, 2016
Referrals to the RDP or the IIP where the most recent prohibition or conviction occurred prior to February 3, 2016, are based on the discretion of the Superintendent. A driver may be referred to remedial programs if the Superintendent determines that a person’s driving record is unsatisfactory, and/or with respect to the person’s driving skills, fitness or ability to drive and operate a motor vehicle, it is in the public interest to make a referral.
Discretionary referrals to remedial programs are eligible for reconsideration. If you wish to seek a reconsideration of a discretionary referral to remedial programs, see Reconsideration of a Referral to Remedial Programs.
- Remedial and Ignition Interlock Programs Policies and Guidelines (PDF)
- Guidelines for Referrals to Remedial Programs (PDF)
- Guidelines for Reconsideration of Referrals to Remedial Programs (PDF)
- Your driving record shows when your original licence was issued and any driving offences and infractions from the last five years. You can get a copy of your driver’s abstract or an abstract for each driver in your fleet by calling or writing to ICBC – www.icbc.com/driver-licensing/driving-record