OT Manitobas new driver licence laws SUCK
Heres the new laws which will be taking place soon.. This sucks.
> The Manitoba Government distributed the following news release at an
> announcement held this morning at the DDVL office at 1075 Portage Avenue
> in Winnipeg. Manitoba Public Insurance does expect the introduction of
> the graduated driver licence program to impact enrollment levels in MPI's
> Driver Education Program. The anticipated effects of this impact will be
> studied carefully over the next few months and staff will be kept apprised
> as more details become known.
> Manitoba Public Insurance supports activities that will help prevent the
> injuries and deaths that occur in this high-risk age group.
> April 27, 2001
> NOVICE DRIVERS TO BENEFIT FROM GRADUATED DRIVER LICENCE PROGRAM
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> Ashton Introduces GDL Program Framework
> Transportation and Government Services Minister Steve Ashton today
> announced that the Manitoba government is moving ahead with a new
> Graduated Driver Licence (GDL) program.
> "Experience in other jurisdictions clearly shows that GDL reduces
> accidents and saves lives," said Ashton. "Manitoba's GDL program
> designed to support all novice drivers, regardless of age, in becoming
> safer drivers. This will lead to safer roads and will benefit all of
> Statistics for Manitoba indicate that that for every 1,000 novice drivers,
> there are 142 accidents compared to 43 accidents for experienced drivers.
> "Due to inexperience, novice drivers are more likely to be involved in
> accidents than other drivers," said Ashton. "In other provinces
> seen reductions of up to 37 per cent in the number of accidents as a
> result of GDL. Manitoba's approach will allow new drivers an opportunity
> to develop their skills so that we can reduce the number of accidents on
> Manitoba roads."
> Manitoba's Graduated Driver Licence program applies to all novice drivers,
> regardless of age, and consists of three stages: learner, intermediate and
> full licence. Each stage will have increasing levels of responsibility,
> consistent with the demonstrated ability of the driver.
> The first novice driver initiative will restrict all novice drivers,
> regardless of age, to a zero blood alcohol content. The zero alcohol
> restriction will apply to all existing and upcoming drivers in three
> categories: learner licences, probationary licences and motorcycle
> instruction permits. Subject to the legislation passing and regulations
> being approved, this change is scheduled to come into force Oct. 1, 2001.
> The second initiative is scheduled to apply to all new drivers obtaining a
> learner licence on or after April 1, 2002. It will require a nine-month
> learning period for new drivers before taking a road test. This means a
> learner, after successfully completing a road test, will be able to obtain
> an intermediate stage licence as early as the age of 16 years, three
> months, if enrolled in a drivers education program. In the intermediate
> stage, drivers will be able to drive unaccompanied, subject to minimal
> "The combination of alcohol and inexperienced drivers is a lethal mix
> endangers the lives of Manitobans every day," said Ashton. "These
> initiatives will help us create a safer environment during the critical
> early stages of driving."
> In addition to the two new initiatives, certain restrictions will apply to
> drivers depending on the licence stage, such as requirements for a
> supervising driver, limitations on the number of passengers and
> restrictions on the towing of vehicles.
> For example, a novice driver will be able to enter the learners stage as
> early as 15 years, six months, if enrolled in a drivers education course.
> In this stage, all drivers will be required to have a supervising driver
> and maintain a zero blood alcohol content.
> In the intermediate stage, novice drivers must continue to maintain a zero
> blood alcohol content and will be required to remain in this stage for 15
> months. Intermediate stage drivers will be able to drive largely
> unrestricted during specific hours. Fully licensed drivers will be
> required to maintain a zero blood alcohol content.
> Specific details, such as the requirements for motorcycle instruction
> permits under GDL, will be announced as implementation proceeds, with
> completion of the full GDL program expected in 2003.
> Almost all other Canadian provinces have or are in the process of
> introducing a GDL program.
> "Manitobans have recognized the value of a GDL program to ensuring
> on our roads," said Ashton. "During our consultation process, 90
> of the public supported the introduction of GDL. Manitobans have waited
> long enough for the introduction of this program. We are confident that it
> will save the lives of novice drivers, their passengers and other
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> More information is available at <http://www.gov.mb.ca/hwy>
> BACKGROUND INFORMATION .
> MANITOBA'S GRADUATED DRIVER LICENSING
> 1) Written Test:
> * May be written at 15 years, six months, if enrolled in drivers
> program, otherwise must be 16 years old.
> 2) Learner Stage:
> * Minimum nine months in this stage
> * Earliest age of entry is 15 years, six months (if enrolled in
> drivers education
> program and passed written test)
> * Requires supervising driver
> * May carry passengers up to the number of seat-belts in vehicle
> * Zero blood alcohol content
> * No towing of vehicles
> 3) Road Test:
> * Must pass for entry into intermediate stage
> * May be taken as early as 16 years, three months
> 4) Intermediate Stage:
> * Earliest age is 16 years, three months
> * Minimum 15 months in this stage
> * May carry passengers to the number of seat-belts in the back seat
> and one in the front seat between 5 a.m. and midnight
> * Between midnight and 5 a.m., passengers restricted to one person, or
> accompanied by a supervising driver, may carry passengers in the rear to
> the number of seat-belts.
> * May drive farm trucks
> * May receive authorized instruction in commercial vehicles at age 18
> * Zero blood alcohol content
> 5) Full Licence:
> * Earliest age is 17 years, six months
> * May obtain a full commercial licence at 18 years
> * Zero blood alcohol content for one year