August 10, 2016
If you are prohibited from driving because of a 24-hour road-side suspension, a 90-day IRP or by the Superintendent of Motor Vehicles on the basis of your driving record, you must not drive under any circumstances. If you are caught driving while prohibited, you will face serious consequences if you are convicted.
Under the Motor Vehicle Act there is a mandatory minimum penalty for a first offence: a $500 fine plus victim fine surcharge and an additional 1-year driving prohibition starting from the date you are sentenced in court.
For subsequent offences, if the Crown gives notice, the court can impose a mandatory 14 days jail in addition to a fine and driving prohibition.
In addition to any court-imposed penalty, if you are convicted of driving while prohibited you will receive 10 points against your license and ICBC will assess a Driver’s Risk Premium which will cost you $905 per year for the next 3 years (assuming you don’t already have points against your license, if so the fine may increase).
When you are prohibited from driving there are NO exceptions. Not for driving to and from work, not for picking up the kids from school, not for anything.
If you are charged with driving while prohibited you should seek advice from a lawyer immediately. Contact Kendra Waugh for your free consultation today!
Caution: This is not legal advice, and you should not rely on it as such. To ensure your interests are protected, seek formal advice from a lawyer.