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.

The 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 poor driving record, or you were involved in a high-risk driving incident
  • 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 the Superintendent has determined that your driving record is unsatisfactory, it is most likely due to the high number of penalty points you have accumulated on your driving record within a two year period or any motor vehicle-related Criminal Code convictions (such as driving impaired or dangerous driving). As a result, you may receive administrative interventions ranging from early warning letters – which advise you that your driving record is being monitored – to prohibitions from driving.

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 will result 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), please 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.

In cases where a driver has engaged in high-risk driving behaviour(s), a peace officer may complete a High-Risk Driving Incident Report to initiate a review by the Superintendent of an incident that needs to be dealt with swiftly and outside of the regular Driver Improvement Program process. If the Superintendent is satisfied that the driver is an immediate risk to public safety, the Superintendent will issue a Notice of Prohibition in order to immediately intervene and ensure public safety by removing the driver from the road as swiftly as possible. For more information about the High-Risk Driving Incident Report Program, please see the High-Risk Driving Prohibition Guidelines (PDF).

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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