Province to amend MVA regulations to target impaired drivers

The provincial government has posted a series of proposed amendments to the Motor Vehicle Act to take a tougher stance on impaired driving.

The new measures include increasing the driver’s licence reinstatement fees, creating a vehicle impoundment program for impaired drivers, and modifying the current short-term licence suspension to have escalating sanctions.

The changes would see short-term licence suspensions recorded on the driver’s abstract, and extend the look-back period for a driver’s abstract from seven years to 10 years.

The regulations and new measures, expected to be brought into effect on November 1st, would also create a 24-hour roadside suspension for driver unfitness, giving police the authority to temporarily remove drivers from the road.

Anyone who wants to review or comment on the proposed amendments can visit the Public Review of Draft Regulations webpage.