Manitoba

PASSENGER VEHICLES MOTORCYCLES

To obtain a licence to operate a passenger vehicle in MB, there are three GDL stages: Learner Licence (Class 5L); Novice Licence (Class 5I); and Full Licence (Class 5F).

Effective date of program implementation: January 1, 2003


AGE REQUIREMENTS
Minimum entry age: 16 years, 15 yrs and 6 months if enrolled in high school driver education course
Minimum exit age
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
Driver education: Voluntary
Knowledge test
Parental consent: If driver is under 18
Vision test
EXIT REQUIREMENTS
Successfully passed test ⁄ course: Class 5 road test
Time completion: Hold Class 5L licence for 9 months
STAGE DURATION
Minimum duration: 9 months
Maximum holding period: No maximum time periods for Learner stage as long as licence remains valid; if licence allowed to lapse for >4 years, then driver must re-write the knowledge exam
SUPERVISORY DRIVER
Age
BAC level while supervising: <0.05 BAC
Driver log
Licence held: Minimum Class 5
Location while supervising: Seated in the front seat
Time Licensed: At least 3 years
SUPERVISED DRIVING
Minimum amount of supervised driving: 9 months
DRIVING RESTRICTIONS AND CONDITIONS
BAC level while driving: 0.0 BAC
Display "L" sign⁄plate when driving
Night driving
Other restrictions
Passenger restrictions: Limited to one supervising driver in the front seat, and number of working seatbelts in backseat only
Road restrictions: Not permitted to operate Class 3 vehicle (farm truck) or off-road vehicle along or across highways
SUSPENSION & PROHIBITION
Lower driver penalty point threshold
Violation of the zero BAC limit: Any driver in the GDL program who violates the zero-BAC requirement or any other GDL restrictions will be faced with interventions and possible sanctions depending on the circumstances
Violation of any GDL restrictions: New drivers will be required to attend a Novice Driver Hearing with Driver Improvement and Control Section of Driver and Vehicle Licensing (see Drive Improvement Action section below for details); and may also be required to attend a Novice Driver Hearing as a result of convictions or accident involvement (see DRIVER IMPROVEMENT ACTIONS section)
DRIVER IMPROVEMENT ACTIONS
Novice Driver Hearing: At the hearing, the Reviewing Officer will review the nature and circumstances of the incidences with the driver. Results of the Hearing may include:

> A licence suspension
> An extension of the learner or novice stage
> A special driving course
> Passenger restrictions
> Time of day restrictions
> Other driving restrictions

Drivers may appeal the licence suspension, restricted or stage extension to the Licence Suspension Appeal Board on the grounds of hardship.
NOVICE DRIVERS ESCALATING SANCTIONS PROGRAM: 

> 1st intervention Novice Warning letter
> 2nd intervention Novice Driver Course
> 3rd intervention Novice Driver Hearing
ADDITIONAL CLASS 5L FEATURES
Drivers may apply for a motorcycle Class 6 Learner licence, but may not apply for authorized instruction in Classes 1-4 (commercial)
May operate a moped if the driver is at least 16 years of age
Not allowed to: tow vehicles; operate Class 3 motor vehicles registered as a farm truck; operate off-road vehicles along or across highways (unless driver holds a Minimum Class 6 Intermediate Stage Licence)

CONTACT INFORMATION
Gary Matson, Senior Project Manager
Manitoba Public Insurance
510-234 Donald St., Winnipeg, MB R3C 4A4
Phone: (204) 803-4864 
Email: gmatson@mpi.mb.ca