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July 14, 2009

New Rules for Young Drivers

Amendments to the New Brunswick Motor Vehicle Act to improve the safety of new drivers by enhancing the graduated licensing program took effect on June 1, 2009.
 
The Department of Public Safety relied on research which showed that a disproportionate number of collisions involving inexperienced drivers involve one or more of three high-risk factors: 1) alcohol; 2) multiple passengers distracting the driver; and 3) late-night driving.

The amendments implemented to address these risk factors:

  • New drivers will be required to maintain a zero blood alcohol content until they reach 21 years of age;
  • Level 1 drivers (before road test) are limited to having only an experienced, fully licensed driver passenger
  • Level 2 drivers (after road test) are limited to three passengers and only one in the front seat
  • Level 1 drivers (before road test) are banned from driving between midnight and 5 am
  • Level 2 drivers (after road test) younger than 21 years are banned from driving between midnight and 5 am, except for educational or work purposes, or if they are accompanied by a driver who has a minimum of 3 years of driving experience with a Class 5 license or better

The penalties for violating these new rules are:

  • Alcohol consumption: $172.50 fine plus one year suspension plus alcohol rehabilitation course and restart the graduated driver's license program with no credit.
  • More than 3 passengers: $172.50 fine plus three points deducted.
  • Driving after midnight: $172.50 fine plus three points deducted.
  • No accompanying driver: $172.50 fine plus three points deducted.

For more information, check out the Public Safety website: http://www.gnb.ca/0276/RoadSafety/drivingrules/index-e.asp.