$109 fine for not displaying ‘N’ sign; driver then complains

This CBC news article is reporting a new driver received a ticket for not displaying his ‘N’ sign when he picked up his father in his father’s vehicle, who had had too much to drink. Now the new driver is angry at receiving the ticket. 

How hard would it have been to grab the ‘N’ sign and put it onto the other vehicle? ICBC offers these ‘N’ signs (‘L’ signs too) for FREE, and they are to go on your vehicle to ensure your safety and the safety of others. Being a new, and inexperienced driver is a risk in itself and roads are safer when people are aware of this potential hazard (no offence). Why not get a few extras and have them around for this very reason? They make beautiful fridge magnets.

Just because you decide to save the day after your father is feeling no pain, doesn’t give you or anyone else the right to ignore the restrictions on your drivers license; which, by the way is a privilege. It’s not like your house was on fire, and you were being chased by a pack of rabid gorillas through a rat-infested corn maze on the way to your driveway. If he’s already in the bar waiting for you then he can simply have another beer while he waits for you to remove the ‘N’ from your vehicle and attach it to the truck; which would have taken 12 seconds. Problem solved. 

How can you be angry at police for doing their job and risking their lives to keep our roads safe? Take some responsibility for your action like an adult; proudly pay this $109 and be happy that is all it took to keep your father safe.

By the way, it is advisable to always keep your vehicle with at least 1/4 tank of fuel for this and a few other reasons.




Carmen became a driving instructor at the age of 22 in North Vancouver, Canada and is an experienced writer, blogger, photographer, artist, philosopher, certified day dreamer and generally complicated human.

5 thoughts on “$109 fine for not displaying ‘N’ sign; driver then complains

  1. You should also note that a no n sign ticket carry’s 3 points and is an automatic suspension for a new driver. Thus causing them to restart the 2 year program. What a scam, keep up the good work ICBC!

      1. Yep, 3 points will put a new driver up for review usually ending in prohibition from driving.

    1. Wait, so a program to restrict inexperienced drivers, intended to reduce risk to the general public by promoting good behaviour and establishing good habits early on, which carries penalties for contravention of its clearly established rules, though rarely applied, is a scam?

      Please explain how.

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