Notice of Prohibition
The Superintendent of Motor Vehicles monitors the driving record of everyone who holds driver’s licence in British Columbia. Although the Superintendent has the ability to prohibit a person from driving in many circumstances, prohibitions are often issued because a driver accumulated too many penalty points on their driving within the previous two years. A prohibition may also be issued if a person commits two or more “high-risk” driving offences within one year. High-risk driving offences include excessive speeding and using an electronic device while driving. BC drivers in the Graduated Licensing Program (Class 7 or Class 7L) may receive a Notice of Intent to Prohibit or a Notice of Driving Prohibition for any offence under the Motor Vehicle Act.
In deciding whether to prohibit you from driving, the Superintendent will refer to the Driver Improvement Program Policies and Guidelines. If the Superintendent considers your driving record “unsatisfactory”, you may receive a letter advising you that your driving record is being monitored, or you may be issued a Notice of Intent to Prohibit or a Notice of Prohibition.
Notice of Intent to Prohibit
If you have received a Notice of Intent to Prohibit, you need to act quickly. You have 21 days from the date of the letter to apply for a review. As long as you have filed submissions within the 21-day timeline, you may continue to drive until you receive a response from RoadSafetyBC. If the 21-day timeline has passed and you did not file a dispute, or you have received word from RoadSafetyBC that the Superintendent has prohibited you from driving, do not continue to drive until you speak to one of our lawyers. Driving while prohibited is a serious offence.
Notice of Prohibition
If you have received a Notice of Prohibition, you can still fight the Superintendent’s decision to prohibit you from driving. The notice will ask that you acknowledge the prohibition and surrender your driver’s licence. Before doing so, we strongly recommend that you contact one of our lawyers to discuss your options.
Our experienced lawyers have dealt with hundreds of people across British Columbia who have received Notices of Intent to Prohibit and Notices of Prohibition. We are often able to get the length of the prohibition reduced or eliminated. Each case is different and our lawyers will conduct a thorough review of the facts leading up to the driving prohibitions to determine the most effective way to prepare submissions on behalf of the client. Contact our lawyers to speak about your case today.