Young Drivers and Their Safety
Young drivers can be a danger to themselves and to other road users. Research shows they are overrepresented in motor vehicle collisions, even when compared to other new drivers (i.e. above 25 years old). There are many reasons used to explain this trend, including lack of experience, level of development and awareness, appeal toward risky behaviour.
B.C.'s Graduated Licensing Program (GLP), administered by the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC), is designed to help reduce crashes through restrictions in the learner's (L) licence stage and the novice (N) licence stage.
All drivers, when first acquiring their driver's licence, have their knowledge tested in order to attain their Learner licence (Class 7L). After 12-months of prohibition-free driving, 'L' drivers can graduate to 'N' stage by passing the Class 7 road test. As a Novice licence holder, drivers may exit the GLP by passing the Class 5 road test after 24-months of prohibition-free driving in the 'N' stage.
Drivers in the Graduated Licensing Program, both stages Learners 'L' and Novice 'N':
- Must not have any alcohol in their system when behind the wheel. See Driving While Affected by Drugs or Alcohol page on this website where you will find more information on the laws around zero tolerance for those in the Graduated Licensing Program
- Are banned from using any electronic device — including hands-free units—while driving. See Distractions While Driving: Cellphones and other Handheld Devices on this website for more information this topic
There are more rules for both 'L' and 'N' licence holders. See the Graduated Licensing page on the ICBC website for more information.