ICBC implemented the Graduated Licensing Program (GLP) several years ago to help reduce risk for new drivers as they gain experience. In the Learner or “L” stage of the GLP, drivers must have a supervisor with them at all times, among other restrictions. Later, drivers who pass a road test can graduate to a Novice or “N” license with fewer restrictions. Finally, after passing the Class 5 road test, drivers become fully privileged and restrictions are removed.
ICBC recognizes that proper and thorough training can also reduce the risk vs untrained drivers. Because of that ICBC “rewards” new drivers who complete an ICBC-Approved GLP Course, by reducing the amount of time they need to remain in the N-stage of their licence.
It is not just a loophole – ICBC has very strict standards of how these programs are run and what the content must include. They reward those who commit to a higher learning by reducing the wait time for these drivers to be fully licenced by 6 months as well as providing 2 high school credits for completing the course.
For complete information on “L” and “N” licenses including restrictions placed on each, go to http://www.icbc.com/driver-licensing/Pages/Default.aspx
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