Consequences of a Conviction of Motor Vehicle Offences

You will face a number of consequences if you are convicted of motor vehicle-related offences under the Criminal Code of Canada, such as:

  • Criminal negligence in the operation of a motor vehicle
  • Driving while prohibited
  • Engaging police in a pursuit
  • Failing to provide a breath sample
  • Dangerous driving
  • Failing to stop after an accident
  • Causing bodily harm or death
  • Impaired driving (refer to the section of this site Impaired Driving Prohibitions page on this website for more specific consequences applicable to this offence

The various consequences outlined in this section also apply if you are convicted under the Motor Vehicle Act for failure to stop for a peace officer or driving while prohibited or suspended.

The Consequences:

You will be issued a ‘Notice of Suspension’. When you receive the notice, you must surrender your driver's licence to an ICBC driver licensing office. The length of the suspension varies depending on the number of convictions.

  • First conviction – One-Year Licence Suspension
  • Second conviction within ten years – Three-Year Licence Suspension
  • Three or more convictionsIndefinite Licence Suspension (PDF) – which means you must wait a minimum of five years before you may re-apply for a driver’s licence; and this period can extend if you do not comply with other requirements or conditions of licensing

In addition:

  • The court may order a term of imprisonment and a fine amount
  • If the conviction is alcohol related, the Superintendent of Motor Vehicles may require you to pay for and complete the Responsible Driver Program and/or require you to install an Ignition Interlock device on your vehicle (and your driver's licence will be a restricted licence until the programs are completed to the satisfaction of the Superintendent of Motor Vehicles)
  • Under the Driver Improvement Program, the Superintendent may issue a further driving prohibition – with the length of the driving prohibition varying individually for each case
  • You will also have to pay a Driver Risk Premium, see ICBC Driver Risk Premium