ICBC’s Learner and New Driver Restrictions – Get the Facts

BC Restrictions for New & Learner Drivers

 

Class 7L Learner Restrictions 

 

Your Required Supervisor

 

You must have a Supervisor who is 25 years or older with class 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 license and they must be sitting in the front passenger seat

 

Definition of a Supervisor

 

Definition of a “Supervisor” (a) is at least 25 years of age or is a licensed driver training instructor engaged in providing practical driver training in accordance with Division 27,

(b) holds a valid and subsisting driver’s licence, other than a learner’s licence or a Class 7 licence, of a class that permits him or her to operate a motor vehicle of that category, and

(c) occupies

(i) the seat beside the operator, or
(ii) the seat or area immediately behind and to the right of the operator, in the case of a motor vehicle of the category designated for the class of licence issued in which there is no seat beside the operator.Maximum 2 passengers in total

 

Permitted Driving Hours

 

You are allowed to drive between 5 am and midnight only

 

You must Prominently Display the official ‘L’ sign

 

New driver sign condition for Class 7L, 8L, 7 and 8 licences

(2) Subject to the exception set out in subsection (3), a person to whom a Class 7L or 8L licence is issued must not operate a motor vehicle of a category designated in section 30.01 (2) for that class of driver’s licence unless a new driver sign depicting the letter “L” is clearly visible and prominently displayed from the rear of the motor vehicle or trailer, as the case may be.

(3) The new driver sign condition under subsection (2) does not apply in the course of the person receiving practical driver training conducted in accordance with Division 27 by a licensed driver training instructor, unless the practical driver training is being conducted in a private vehicle under section 27.09 (7).

 

ZERO  (0) hands-free and hand-held cell phone use, and other electronic devices

 

 

Zero Alcohol

 

No-alcohol restriction for Class 7L, 8L, 7 and 8 licences

30.11(1) A person who holds a Class 7L, 8L, 7 or 8 licence must not operate a motor vehicle while having alcohol in his or her body.

 

 

Length of ‘L’ Phase

 

This stage lasts for at least 12 months, after which time you can take your “N” Road Test.

L License is valid for 2 years, but can be renewed by re-taking the knowledge test.

 

Highway/Freeway

 

Yes, you can drive on the highway/freeway unless it says you can’t on the back of your license.

 

Maximum 3 People in the Car in Total Including the Driver

 

 

Learner drivers can only have 2 passengers in the car; the only people allowed in the car are the driver, the supervisor, and the optional other passenger. 

 




 

Class 7N (New Driver) Restrictions

 

Prominently Display the official ‘N’ sign

 

New driver sign condition for Class 7L, 8L, 7 and 8 licences

(2) Subject to the exception set out in subsection (3), a person to whom a Class 7L or 8L licence is issued must not operate a motor vehicle of a category designated in section 30.01 (2) for that class of driver’s licence unless a new driver sign depicting the letter “N” is clearly visible and prominently displayed from the rear of the motor vehicle or trailer, as the case may be.

(3) The new driver sign condition under subsection (2) does not apply in the course of the person receiving practical driver training conducted in accordance with Division 27 by a licensed driver training instructor, unless the practical driver training is being conducted in a private vehicle under section 27.09 (7).

No cell phone use, no hands-free or hand-held devices of any kind while driving.

 

 

ZERO (0)  alcohol

 

No-alcohol restriction for Class 7L, 8L, 7 and 8 licences

30.11(1) A person who holds a Class 7L, 8L, 7 or 8 licence must not operate a motor vehicle while having alcohol in his or her body.

Passenger Restrictions

 

  • Passenger Restrictions: you are only allowed 1 passenger, unless they are immediate family members. You may drive with as many family members as your vehicle has seatbelts for. You may also drive with as many people as you have seatbelts for if you have a supervisor 25 or older with a valid class 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 driver’s licence.

 

Immediate Family Members Definition

 

“Immediate Family” means your parents, children, spouse, brothers, sisters and grandparents, including step and foster relationships),

 

Supervisor Definition

 

Definition of a “Supervisor” (a) is at least 25 years of age or is a licensed driver training instructor engaged in providing practical driver training in accordance with Division 27,
(b) holds a valid and subsisting driver’s licence, other than a learner’s licence or a Class 7 licence, of a class that permits him or her to operate a motor vehicle of that category, and
(c) occupies
(i) the seat beside the operator, or
(ii) the seat or area immediately behind and to the right of the operator, in the case of a motor vehicle of the category designated for the class of licence issued in which there is no seat beside the operator.”Immediate Family Member” means a spouse, parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, sibling, step-parent, step-grandparent, step-child, step-grandchild, step-brother, step-sister, foster parent, foster grandparent, foster child, foster grandchild, foster brother or foster sister;

 

Spouse Definition

 

The definition under section 30.01 of the Motor Vehicle Act Regulations defines a spouse as a person who was married to another person at the relevant time or who was living for at least 2 years immediately before the relevant time in a marriage-like relationship, including a marriage-like relationship between persons of the same gender.

 

Length of Time in N stage

 

N stage lasts for at least 24 months *unless you’ve successfully completed a GLP driver education program, in which case this stage can be reduced to 18 months

 

If your licence is suspended, cancelled, expired, or surrendered, you must wait longer to qualify for a full privileged driver’s licence (once your licence is reinstated, your 24 months will start over from the beginning)

 

Time of day

 

There are no time restrictions – you may drive whenever you like,  as long as you’re following all of your restrictions

 

Highway/Freeway

 

Yes, you can drive on the freeway/highway unless it says you can’t on the back of your license

 

Driving In the USA and Across Canada

 

***Both “N” and “L” Drivers are allowed to drive across Canada & in the US, providing they adhere to the same restrictions displayed on the back of their licence. *** 

 

Your Particular Restrictions?

FYI: Your customized restrictions are printed on the back of your drivers license. (May need a magnifying glass in order to read them)

 

Read about the graduated licensing program on the ICBC website.

 

ICBC FAQ’s (Can I drive outside of BC with my L or N)


‘N’ Novice Driver Passenger Restrictions 

 

New drivers can only have ONE passenger

 

 

Immediate family members are exempt from the rule

 

 

That means you can fill up your car with immediate family members and you can still have ONE friend (or non-immediate family member)

 

 

You can also fill up your car with any kind of people you want IF you have a qualified supervisor with a full license class 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5

 

 

You are not allowed to drive with TWO friends. Sorry… You can only have ONE friend. Friends are nice but have been proven to be very distracting for new drivers.

 

 

You can not drive with one friend + another person who is NOT an immediate family as defined by ICBC above 

 

 

From the ICBC DriveSmart Manual

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 Remember the reason that these restrictions are in place are to keep people safe. New drivers are more likely to have a crash when compared with experienced drivers, even without distractions. 

 

Reference

 

Electronic Device Use Class 7 & 7L Drivers: DriveSmartBC

 



684 Comments

  1. C November 27, 2017 at 8:05 am

    I have a question… I am taking my N to full license today, and am borrowing someone’s vehicle that has a 10 year safe drivers discount insurance on it. Does this work out okay? Or do I need to get them to up their insurance?

    To be specific it is my moms car, and I have read somewhere I think that if I am a member of the household that she needs better insurance, however, I do not live with her anymore???

    Pls help

  2. Lizzy October 28, 2017 at 3:29 pm

    Received speeding ticket in alberta and have to return to court..I have a n bc license…can alberta take my bc license.

  3. Name October 17, 2017 at 7:45 pm

    I’m not sure I understand the rule about electronics use…does that mean L and N drivers can’t even listen to the radio or music from their phone via bluetooth? What about wearing a smart watch but not using it?

  4. Anuj Manchanda October 5, 2017 at 12:28 pm

    Yes! You can drive with more people depending upon the number of seatbelts. As long as you drive with a supervisor sitting in a front seat holding class 1,2,3,4,or 5; there should be no problem.

  5. Nancy McManus October 3, 2017 at 6:28 pm

    What should I do if I know that a driver with an L is driving with a passenger in their car and no supervisor? Unfortunately I know the name of the driver but not the license plate # of the vehicle. Both the driver and the passenger have L’s. It annoys me that she thinks she can get away with it and has done, because she is in her late 20’s, so I imagine when she drives by a police cruiser, they may not be sure if she is the Learner, or if the L belongs to someone else that uses the vehicle.

      1. Nancy McManus October 5, 2017 at 8:59 pm

        This is helpful if I see this on the road and have a license #, but as I said, I do not know the license plate # of the driver, and only know this is occurring because I know both the driver and the passenger. I haven’t had an opportunity to witness it, it is from the passenger that I happened to find out it was occurring.

        1. Carmen October 7, 2017 at 4:15 pm

          I think you can still call the non-emergency police line.

        2. Anonymous November 29, 2017 at 8:16 pm

          what you are saying is hearsay, no actual documentation or evidence apart from what you heard. it’s all rumors. You weren’t in the car to witness it. Nothing will happen.

  6. A October 1, 2017 at 11:14 am

    “You are allowed to drive between 5 am and midnight only”

    This must be a typo

    1. Carmen October 3, 2017 at 6:37 pm

      That’s for “L” Drivers, not for “N” Drivers.

    2. Name October 10, 2017 at 5:10 pm

      It’s not a typo, it means that you can drive from 5 am until midnight. It just looks wrong because you are likely used to seeing when you can’t drive.

    3. Name October 10, 2017 at 5:13 pm

      It’s not a typo, it just means that you can only drive from 5 am until midnight. You might think of it as a typo because you could be used to seeing when you can’t drive.

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