New Driver and Speeding, Tickets, Prohibitions


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.

It’s about new driver stuff


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.


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11 thoughts on “New Driver and Speeding, Tickets, Prohibitions”

  1. I’ve disputed 6 points worth of tickets, and I’m wondering if I am still liable to getting a notice of prohibition from the superintendent? Are these points even on my record until the dispute process if over? Thanks.

  2. Khushdeep singh gill

    Hi i got 2 tickets one for speeding and one for i was not carrying my license….. but i am having international license i disputed both tickets but i didnt received any mail ticket was issued to me 6 to 8 months ago so can i able to give test of class 5 road test

  3. Q. my son only has his N and just got a notice of driving prohibition for the 0 tolerance of alcohol in his system. Violation ticket as well for 3 days. Should I be contacting a lawyer to help him? any advice here would be helpful.

  4. Hello !! I Have my N and my driving record is clean . I’m doing my class 5 in January but I got a ticket for fail to yield to pedestrian. It happened when I was looking for cars and I rolled a little and bumped her by accident . I’m not sure what will happen. I never got a ticket before and icbc and the officer had different answers for my question . What are the chances of me getting prohibition ? If I get probation, how long will it last for ? I generally a safe driver so my records been clean.

    1. Hi, I think technically any New driver who gets 3 points will be subject to a “review” by the superintendent of motor vehicles, and they will use their discretion to decide what to do. I’m not sure how long this takes. So I think you may or may not get a prohibition. I think you can still go for your class 5 in the meantime which would be highly recommended; class 5 drivers are subject to very different ~ possibly more lenient ~ consequences. Maybe Tim will have a better answer than me.

  5. Hey ! I Have my N And I have a clean record . I could of gotten my class 5 while ago but my car had a check engine light so I waited until o got a better car . I got a failed to yield for pedestrian ticket which is 3 points on my license. When I was looking the other way for cars o rolled a little and tapped the girl in front of me. She is fine barely any injuries. I was just wondering what will happen to my license ? Nobody seems to have an answer when I called icbc or talk to the officer. What are the cha Des of me getting prohibition ? And if I get probation , how long will I be on it for? This is my first ticket so I don’t know what’s going to happen.

  6. hello if you have a 3month suspension that started 2 months ago and got another suspension for 5 months does the times add up so 8 months in total or is it just total of 5 months starting from your first prohibition?

  7. If someone has there L and they get into a accident and you were driving alone but you pay your ticket, will you still be able to go for the N test when you got your L?

  8. If someone received a ticket in Feb 2014 (3 points), and another in November 2014 (3 points) resulting in a prohibition (3 months)… and then received a red light camera ticket (2 points) in Aug 2016 after 19 months of clean driving (22 months since last infraction, 31 months since first infraction), would they likely be up for immediate prohibition again?

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