Driving without license common problem: Fort St. John RCMP

The Fort St. John RCMP said residents driving without a proper driver’s license is a problem they see often.

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A black truck getting ready to be towed.
A truck impounded by Fort St. John RCMP (Fort St. John RCMP, Twitter)

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The Fort St. John RCMP said residents driving without a proper license is a problem they see often.

This comment comes after a tweet put out by the detachment about a truck that had been recently impounded after the driver was caught driving without a license. 

Constable Chad Neustaeter with the Fort St. John RCMP said the seven-day impoundment from driving without a license is mandatory in British Columbia. 

“There’s a lot of people that will drive without certain things, and then when we do run them if they have a history, there’s instructions for us from the motor vehicle branch and how to deal with that,” said Neustaeter. 

According to ICBC, driving without a license or an improper license is one of the driving offences that may lead to having a vehicle impounded. 

Other offences include impaired driving, driving while suspended or prohibited, excessive speeding (40 kilometres per hour over posted speed limit), street racing or performing a stunt, or being improperly seated on a motorcycle. 

A vehicle can be impounded between 3 to 60 days, depending on the offence. To retrieve an impounded vehicle, the owner must pay the towing and storage fee no matter how long it has been seized. 

RoadSafetyBC has the right to direct ICBC not to allow someone with a debt to an impound lot to renew their driver’s license until the debt is paid. 

To learn more about vehicle impoundment in B.C., visit RoadSafetyBC’s website or ICBC’s website

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