High-Risk Driving Prohibition Guidelines
A hypothetical person used as a legal standard. The reasonable person acts sensibly, exercises average care, skill and judgement, and takes proper precautions. In the context of operating a motor vehicle, he or she has regard for the safety of the public and must take proper precautions to guard against the risks that may reasonably be anticipated to arise from time to time as he or she proceeds on his or her way. As a general rule, personal factors (including, but not limited to, employment, medical considerations, family responsibilities, hardship, etc.) need not be taken into account in determining a reasonable person standard.
1.1 Prohibition Guidelines:
Section 93 of the Motor Vehicle Act provides the Superintendent with the authority to prohibit a person from driving a motor vehicle, if the Superintendent considers it to be in the public interest. If the Superintendent is satisfied that the driver is an immediate risk to public safety, the driver may be prohibited. In these instances, a High-Risk Driving Incident Report may be completed by a peace officer and reviewed by the Superintendent. In cases where a driver has engaged in high-risk driving behaviours that meet a certain criteria, the Superintendent will issue a Notice of Prohibition in order to immediately intervene and ensure public safety by removing the driver from the road. The chart below provides a list of criteria that the Superintendent may consider in determining if an intervention is appropriate and the appropriate length of any intervention related to a high-risk driving incident.
The criteria are not exhaustive. The Superintendent maintains the discretion to intervene and prohibit drivers that engage in all types of high-risk driving behaviours. The length of prohibition is at the discretion of the Superintendent and depends on the individual circumstances in each case, including the potential and actual harms that have resulted from the driving behaviour. The types and severity of circumstances that result in a prohibition are greatly varied and for that reason, the guidelines do not contain specific prohibition lengths. Rather, the Superintendent exercises discretion in determining what is appropriate in each case. The prohibition criteria listed below are guidelines only.
Length of Prohibition:
Criteria that the Superintendent may consider in determining whether to prohibit a person from driving a motor vehicle under section 93(1)(c) of the Motor Vehicle Act:
Criteria that the Superintendent may consider in determining the length of any intervention related to a High-Risk Driving Incident Report: