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
Minimum exit age: 17 years and 6 months
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
Parental consent
Successfully passed test  ⁄ course: Class 5 road test
Time completion: Held a Class 5L licence for at least 9 months without suspensions
EXIT REQUIREMENTS
Successfully passed test ⁄ course
Time completion: Hold Class 5I licence for 15 months
STAGE DURATION
Minimum duration: 15 months
Maximum holding period
SUPERVISORY DRIVER
See night restrictions below
SUPERVISED DRIVING
Minimum amount of supervised driving - see restrictions below
DRIVING RESTRICTIONS AND CONDITIONS
BAC level while driving: 0.0 BAC
Display "L" sign⁄plate when driving
Night restrictions
Other restrictions
Passenger restrictions: 

> 5 a.m. to midnight Ė one passenger in the front seat; up to the number of functioning seatbelts in the back seat(s)
> Midnight to 5 a.m. Ė either one passenger, or when accompanied by a qualified supervising driver in the front seat, additional passengers up to the number of functioning seatbelts in the back seat(s)
Road restrictions
SUSPENSION & PROHIBITION
Lower driver penalty point threshold
Violation of the zero BAC limit: 24-hour roadside suspension, required to attend a Novice Driver hearing. If the driverís BAC is over.08 BAC or they refuse to provide a breath sample, the existing drinking and driving countermeasures will apply, including:

> An immediate 24-hour roadside suspension
> An automatic vehicle impoundment for a minimum period of 30 days (depending on the BAC level or repeat offences)
> A 3-month Administrative Licence Suspension
> A mandatory alcohol assessment
> A mandatory minimum 1-year court-imposed licence prohibition
> A mandatory 1-year licence suspension upon conviction of a criminal code offence
> A licence reinstatement fee
Violation of any GDL restrictions: 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) for further sanctions. As a result of the hearing, they may receive: a licence suspension, an extension of the Learner or Intermediate Stage, special driving courses (at their own expense), passenger restrictions, time of day restrictions, or other driving restrictions
DRIVER IMPROVEMENT ACTIONS
The Driver Improvement and Control program: Different interventions may apply for novice or experienced drivers, depending on how serious the unsafe driving was and how often it occurred. For novice drivers, the interventions begin earlier than experienced drivers. Interventions include:

> Sending the driver an advisory letter about their driving
> Sending the driver a warning letter about their driving
> Requiring the driver to complete a driver course
> Requiring the driver to attend a Show Cause Hearing, with possible outcomes including: a driver licence suspension, required completion of a driver course or driver examinations, further restrictions on their licence, or no action.
Drivers who do not complete a required course or exam will have their driverís licence cancelled and their driverís licence fees refunded
ADDITIONAL CLASS 5I FEATURES
Novice drivers are only required to complete the novice stage once; credit for time served in the novice stage in Class 5 will be given for the novice stage in Class 6 and vice versa
Novice drivers may: Tow vehicles, operate a Class 3 motor vehicle registered as a farm truck, operate off-road vehicles along or across a highway, apply for authorized instruction in licence Classes 1-4 if 18+ years of age and meet the vision/medical standards

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