B.C. government passes legislation for drug-affected driving

15 Oct 2018

In response to the Canadian legalization of cannabis on October 17, 2018, new B.C. legislation is being introduced to help keep drug-affected drivers off B.C. roads.

Legislative changes and sanctions
Effective date Details
In effect now New provincial sanctions associated with the three new Federal drug-impaired Criminal Code Offences.
October 17
  • Zero drug tolerance restriction for GLP drivers.
  • New review option for drug-related 24-hr roadside prohibitions.
Spring 2019 New 90-day Administrative Driving Prohibition (ADP) for drug-affected driving.

The B.C. government and ICBC are focused on responsibly managing this significant change that reflects the government’s goal of prioritizing public health and safety.

Letters to be sent to GLP drivers

Drivers who are in GLP as of October 17, 2018, are being sent a letter advising them of the update to their driving record restrictions to include blood drug concentration (BDC). Distribution of the letters will start on October 17 and is expected to be completed by mid-December.

GLP drivers are not required to request or obtain a new driver’s licence card, but they must comply with this new restriction on their driving record which takes effect on October 17. If they request a new licence, they’ll need to pay the applicable fee.

Federal Criminal Code offences and provincial sanctions

There are three new Federal offences for having certain levels of blood drug concentration (BDC). The penalties depend on the drug type and the levels of drug, or the combination of alcohol and drugs.

Zero tolerance restriction for GLP drivers

Effective October 17, 2018, a driver in the graduated licensing program (GLP) must not operate a motor vehicle while having the presence of certain drugs, including cannabis (THC), in their body.

For further details, refer to the Important update to the restrictions on Learner and Novice driver’s licences (MV2958A). This document is for your reference and to use when discussing these important changes with your students.

Also, you can insert this this one page document (MV2958B) into your supply of driving guides to advise your students that restrictions and penalties for drug-impaired driving are changing. Effective October 17, the online driving guides and icbc.com were updated to reflect the new legislation.

Need more information?

For additional facts and information on the laws and regulations of cannabis relating to drug-impaired driving, visit our Online resources for instructors page.

New laws are in placed to address drug-impaired drivingFind out more on the B.C. government website:

Find out more about the changes to impaired driving laws on the Government of Canada website:

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