Accompanying drivers of Graduated licenced drivers have restrictions that they must adhere to.

October 22, 2013, Kitchener, Ontario

Posted by: Robert Deutschmann, Personal Injury Lawyer

A recent case in British Columbia highlighted something that isn't often discussed. A young driver and his grandfather were out a friend's house gardening. The grandfather had had a few drinks and gave the keys to his grandson to drive. The boy had a learner's licence.

The police stopped the car at a road check, and had the grandfather get out of the car. They administered a breathalyzer which the grandfather failed. His licence was taken immediately, a tow truck removed the car, he received a 90 day licence suspension, his car impounded for a month, he payed over $2000 in fees and for a mandatory responsible driver program.

The law in Ontario is the same, according to the graduated licensing requirements:

The accompanying driver must have a valid Class G (or higher) licence, at least four years of driving experience and a blood-alcohol level of less than .05 per cent when accompanying you.  The accompanying driver’s licence may have demerit points, but it cannot be suspended.

The reasoning behind this legislation is sound. The licenced driver acts as the coach, and must be immdeiately available to take the wheel over from the learning driver if required. The Accompanying driver must also be providing sound judgement and monitoring of the G1 driver.

 

Posted under Personal Injury, Car Accidents, Drunk Driving Accidents, Spinal Cord Injury, Truck Accidents

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