New Driver Speeding, Tickets, Prohibitions, Penalties BC

Q: I’m a New Driver, and getting my license in November. I got a speeding ticket in November and got put on probation.

Now I just got another ticket in July, so did I automatically just get my license suspended or terminated? And if I dispute the ticket, does that pause anything?

It’s not good, that is for sure. According to these government guidelines, since this is a second infraction within 2 years, it looks like you’re in for a 2-6 month prohibition.

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What is more to the point is whether the scheduled road test is more than thirty days after the date of the offense

(the illegal turn), because it is my understanding that if a ticket is not disputed, then after thirty days the person is deemed to be guilty.

Another relevant quote from the above article from the office of the superintendent


Once the probation period has ended a driver remains under close scrutiny for an
additional two years and will likely be subject to a driving prohibition if further offenses are
added to the driving record.
In most cases, a Notice of Intent to Prohibit is sent to the driver giving them an opportunity
to make a submission to show why the prohibition should not proceed or should be reduced.

Class 5 Exam

Question: I was about to go for my class 5 license exam this week, but just got a ticket today for changing lane on a solid white line (2 points). Does it mean I have to wait for 2 more years until I can take the class 5 license exam?
Answer: No, the ticket itself will not keep you from taking the Class 5 exam.

It is only a problem if the ticket is enough (you have a previous ticket) to win a driving prohibition from the Superintendent. The prohibition resets the clock on the waiting time for your GLP stage.

Even if you have a previous ticket or prohibition, with only a week’s wait left it is very unlikely the Superintendent will start the prohibition quickly enough to prevent you from taking the test. If you have your Class 5 by the time the paperwork arrives, you will likely be treated as a Class 5 driver in the review.

Are you sure you’re eligible for a road test in November, since your previous prohibition would have reset the time? You may be in for a prohibition again. You could dispute it to try and buy time, but if you were in fact speeding it may be difficult to make a case for yourself, especially considering you may have to wait a long time before being able to do the Class 5 test anyway.


New drivers in the GLP really can not afford to get tickets, especially if you really need your car to get to work, or worse, for work itself. Try to control your speeding.


If you really can’t stop speeding, and seem to enjoy ‘spirited driving’ why don’t you check out these options; ways that you can get the best of both worlds… driving safely on the shared public roads, and driving for fun in a controlled environment.


VCMC Autocross

UBCSCC Autocross

VMSC Autocross (Victoria)

Mission Raceway Park

Dirt Fish Rally School (Washington)

Skip Barber Racing School

Check out my full article ICBC L&N Driver Restrictions – Summary and Bottomless FAQ to get all of the details.

Carmen Cohoe

Carmen became a driving instructor in beautiful North Vancouver at the age of 22 due to some crazy people who agreed to hire her. After that, there was never a dull moment teaching many different folks from many different places how to drive using automatic and standard vehicles and a minivan.

19 thoughts on “New Driver Speeding, Tickets, Prohibitions, Penalties BC

  • Danielle

    I have a court hearing for my 3rd ticket and it says it will take 21 days to process the suspension. I have my N and have my class 5 test booked for a few days after the court date. If I pass and get my class 5 will the suspension on my license be void/thrown out?

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  • Harry

    Today i got pulled over and got a ticket for drivibg without consideration it’s my first ticket nothing happened with my license it doesn’t get suspended am i able to give class 5 road test in this month ifbi dispute it

    • Carmen

      Hi I think if you can pass your Class 5 soon before you get a letter (or “probation”) from the Superintendent then that would help you. But don’t quote me I’m not sure.

  • Justin

    I have a question. I live in BC Canada and today I got pulled over for excessive speeding on a highway. I had my car impounded for 9 days. This is my first offence and I am a N driver. Will I have my license suspended?

    • Carmen

      Hi, I can’t say for sure but most likely. Your license file will be sent to the superintendent for review, and it’s up to them to decide what they’ll do..

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