Getting your G1 license can be an exciting time. First, it means you have passed the test of your knowledge of the rules of the road and traffic signs. But it also means you can now drive a car, van or small truck.
Restrictions on Driving With a G1 License
Considering it is the first step in the graduated licensing system, driving with a G1 license comes with a number of restrictions. In addition to the restrictions that other drivers face, like following the rules of the road and obeying all traffic signs, G1 drivers also face the following restrictions:
- Only drive with a zero blood alcohol (BAC) level.
- When driving, G1 drivers must be accompanied by a full G-licensed driver, who must:
– Sit in the front passenger seat, and be the only other person in the front seat
– Have a minimum of four years’ driving experience, including experience gained as a G2 driver
– Have a BAC of less than .05% while accompanying the G1 driver
– Not have a suspended driver’s license
- Everyone in the vehicle must have a working seatbelt.
- Must not drive on 400-series highways or certain high-speed roads, unless accompanied by a driving instructor.
- Must not drive between midnight and 5:00 a.m.
Penalties for Driving Unsupervised with a G1 License
Of course, there are penalties for not following any or all of the restrictions on G1 drivers. Driving without a G driver can be very tempting for a number of reasons. You may only be driving a short way. Or maybe you have to drive to meet your G1 driver. However, you face the following penalties if you are convicted of driving even short distances without a G1 driver:
- A fine of $110
- A 30-day suspension of your driver’s license
The suspension of your driver’s license could mean further, even more, costly consequences. When you get your full G license, and you need to get your own car insurance, one of the first things insurance companies want to know is if your license has ever been suspended. If so, your insurance premiums could be significantly higher for a number of years.
If you’re just starting to drive, check out our article “3 Tips for Young Drivers in Canada“.