Driving

CARS AND DRIVING LICENCE

DRIVER’S 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

Process.

KNOWLEDGE TEST
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.

ROAD TEST
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.

WARRANTIES
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

     accident.

        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.