British Columbia

PASSENGER VEHICLES MOTORCYCLES

To obtain a motorcycle licence in BC, there is a Graduated Licensing Program (GLP) with two stages for drivers seeking their first licence: Class 8L (Learner), and Class 8 (Novice). There is also a shorter program for drivers who already hold a B.C. driver's licence (Class 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5), and wish to obtain a motorcycle licence.
Effective date of program implementation: August, 1998; modified October 6, 2003 and March 31, 2007


AGE REQUIREMENTS
Minimum entry age: 16 years
Minimum exit age: 17 years
EXIT REQUIREMENTS
Successfully passed test ⁄ course: Class 8 road test
Time completion: 12 months with class 8L licence
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
Driver education: Optional
Knowledge test
Parental consent: If applicant is under 19 years of age
Vision test
STAGE DURATION
Minimum duration: After 30 days drivers can take the Motorcycle Skills Test (MST) through ICBC or a certified driver training school; after 12 months they can take the Class 8 road test
Maximum holding period: 2 years before having to re-qualify for licence (by taking the vision, knowledge and motorcycle skills tests again)
SUPERVISORY DRIVER
Age: 25+ years
BAC level while supervising
Driver log: Optional
Licence held: Class 6
Location while supervising: Driver must always ride within sight of a qualified supervisor requirement removed after successful completion of MST
Time Licensed
DRIVING RESTRICTIONS AND CONDITIONS
BAC level while driving: 0.0 BAC
Display "L" sign⁄plate when driving: Mandatory; driver must display a red L (Learner) sign on the rear of their motorcycle, or on their clothing as long as it is clearly visible from behind
Night driving: Only permitted to ride during daylight hours, between sunrise and sunset
Other restrictions: No electronic devices
Passenger restrictions: Must not carry passengers
Road restrictions: Must not exceed 60 km/h - restriction removed after successful completion of MST
SUSPENSION & PROHIBITION
Drivers in GLP are also subject to the regular penalties that apply to all drivers
Receipt of any demerit points, riders will be sent a warning letter
Lower driver penalty point threshold: 2-6 (discretionary, instead of 15-19); general rules - four penalty points (usually 2 tickets) leads to one month prohibition, more points could lead to a longer prohibition
Minimum penalty for violating GLP restrictions: A fine of $109 plus 3 driver penalty points
Violation of the zero BAC limit: 1) an immediate 12-hour suspension or 24-hour prohibition and 2) a one month driving prohibition (first violation) or 3) extended prohibition for repeat violations
DRIVER IMPROVEMENT ACTIONS
Voluntary defensive driving course
ADDITIONAL CLASS 8L GDL FEATURES
Cannot serve as an accompanying rider to a learner
Cannot upgrade to a commercial license

CONTACT INFORMATION
Jason Luchies
Senior Policy Advisor, Insurance Corporation of British Columbia
P.O. Box 3750
Victoria, BC V8W 3Y5

Phone: (250) 414-7879 
Email: Jason.Luchies@icbc.com
Website:
ICBC- Driver Licensing : http://www.icbc.com/licensing/