CARS AND DRIVING LICENCE
In B.C. all drivers must have a valid drivers licence. You need different types of
Licences, if you want to drive a motorcycle, bus, large truck or a taxi. To get a
Car driving licence, you must be 16 years old or older. And if you are under 19 years
Old, a guardian must sign the application. There are two kinds of test involved in the
It is about the driving rules in B.C. A booklet called “Safe Driving Guide” has the
information about driving rules. The test is based on the booklet. In the process, you
will also have your vision test done.
If you pass the knowledge test, you get a learner driver’s licence, which is valid for
a year. You may practice driving with or without the driving school. But while
practicing, you must have at least 19 years old person sitting next to you who has a
valid driver’s licence. During the road test, an examiner will test your driving skills.
If you pass, you will get the licence.
For more information, contact “Motor vehicle Services – ICBC” which is in the Blue
Pages in the B.C. Government section.
BUYING NEW OR USED CAR
Car dealers well new and used cars. Shop around before commiting to buy. You may
Also buy a car directly form an owner. But make sure you checked everything
About the car.
If something goes wrong with the car after you buy, the warranty on the car
Will replace some parts for free. Find out what warranty covers and how long
It lasts on the car you plan to buy.
REGISTRATION AND INSURANCE
You must register your car and buy licence plates and car insurance. You can
Do this at any Autoplan office. The Insurance Corporation of B.C. ( ICBC) is
A company owned by the B.C. government. It provides vehicle insurance and
Handles accident claims.
CAR ACCIDENT AND REPORTING IT
In case of a car accident, find out if anyone is hurt and write down the other
Driver’s name, address, licence number etc. If there were any witness around, get
Their names and addresses as well. You should report to the police, if it is a serious
You should also phone ICBC as soon as possible about the accident. Call the
“Dial-a-Claim” number for the place where you live.
TRAFFIC TICKETS AND FINES
You have to pay a fine if the police catch you breaking certain driving rules, such
As driving through a red light, or driving faster than the speed limit. There are other
Fines involved, for example, parking tickets for parking in “no parking” site, or for
Not putting enough coins in the meter.
Drinking alcohol and driving is a serious offence, it may cost you the driving
Licence and also may have to pay a fine or go to jail.
All drivers and passengers must wear seat belts. Children under 9kg or 20lbs.
Must sit in a baby seat facing the rear of the car. Children between 9 and 18kg or
20 to 40lbs. Must sit in a child safety seat.