About the Program
British Columbia

Alcohol-related crashes


2006 - 143
2007 - 150
2008 - 125
2009 - 121
2010 - 121

Drivers in serious injury alcohol-related crashes

2006 - 716
2007 - 723
2008 - 633
2009 - 597
2010 - 494

Legislation Blood alcohol concentration limits
Motor Vehicle Act, R.S.B.C., 1996, c. 318, s. 215 www.bclaws.ca/EPLibraries/bclaws_new

Criminal BAC limit: 0.08%
Administrative BAC limit: 0.05% Graduated Licence limit: 0.00%

Provincial administrative licence suspension
1st offence: 1 year 2nd offence: 3 years 3rd+ offence: indefinite
Remedial program

In British Columbia, the Responsible Driver Program (RDP) is offered to offenders convicted of impaired driving. Drivers with criminal impaired driving convictions and drivers who have multiple Motor Vehicle Act drinking driving prohibitions are eligible to participate. The Superintendent of the Office of Motor Vehicles sends a letter to all offenders who are required to complete the program; for many offenders licence reinstatement is conditional on successful completion of the program.

The RDP costs $880 and begins with an initial screening. Based on the results of this screening, the offender will be referred to one of two programs that will best meet their individual needs. These programs include:

  • 1-day education session conducted in a classroom setting; and
  • 16-hour group counseling session that can be scheduled over three months.
After an offender has completed their assigned RDP, an assessment will be conducted to determine whether there has been sufficient progress and if the offender is fit to drive. The OSMV (Office of Superintendent of Motor Vehicles) can make several determinations regarding driver status including full reinstatement, requirement to install an interlock, or denial of licence reinstatement.
Alcohol interlock program
Program authority
Office of Superintendent of Motor Vehicles (OSMV)

Optional prohibition for: criminal offenders; administrative prohibitions; 90-day Immediate Roadside Prohibitions (IRP); 30-day Immediate Roadside Prohibitions (IRP); and, after three 24-hour prohibitions.

Length of participation

1st offence: 1 year
2nd offence: 2 years
3rd or subsequent offence: 3 years

Monitoring agency
Office of Superintendent of Motor Vehicles
Sanctions for non-compliance
Violations can lead to extended time in the program or removal for persistent non-compliance.

Office of the Superintendent of Motor Vehicles
E-mail:  osmv.mailbox@gov.bc.ca
Phone:  (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday) 250-387-7747 or toll-free: 1-855-387-7747
Fax:  250-387-4891

Last updated February 2014


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