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Ready for your road test? Phased approach to testing starts July 8

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July 07, 2020 - 11:23 AM

Road testing is starting to get underway and ICBC has set out how it's getting back into the swing of things.

Contingent on the state of the pandemic in the province, and subject to adjustments based on the need to ensure the ongoing health and safety of both customers and staff, Class 5 and 7 road tests will begin July 20, ICBC said in a press release.

People who had their tests cancelled between March 17 and March 30 will get a call from ICBC to rebook.

After that, ICBC will then be prioritizing the re-booking of customers who had road tests cancelled after March 30. It is expected that these customers will be able to re-book through the month of August.

Beyond private passenger licencing, ICBC is also looking at reinstating motorcycle road tests and recreational trailer road tests, available as of July 8.  Customers are asked to call ICBC (1-800-950-1498) to book an appointment.

People who were scheduled for enhanced road assessments cancelled between March 17 and March 30 will get a call in the days ahead and all other customers requiring a medical fitness assessment will receive a letter from RoadSafetyBC.

Those awaiting commercial road tests, Class 1 to 4, will also get a call. There will be priority testing for essential health care workers and first responders who require a licence for work; workers may call ICBC today (1-800-950-1498) to book. 

Due to the expected high volume of calls, ICBC said be patient. 

Before the appointment customers are asked to review the vehicle safety checklist and ensure that the interior of their vehicle is clean.

On the day of the test, ICBC said to arrive on-time with the required identification. A series of health screening questions will be asked and provided a mask that must be worn for the duration of the road test.

Driver examiners will continue to conduct road tests from inside the customer's vehicle to ensure the examiner is able to fully assess the customer's driving skills and to take control of the vehicle in the event of an emergency. Driver examiners will wear appropriate PPE during the test.

Due to the nature of the motorcycle road test, riders will not be provided a mask, but will be required to wear a safety vest provided by ICBC, which will be sanitized before each use.

For more information on ICBC's services during the pandemic, visit the ICBC website here.

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