Saskatchewan Driver's Handbook


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Graduated Driver Licensing program

What is Graduated Driver Licensing?

Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) is a program designed to improve road safety by exposing new drivers to incremental levels of risk as they gain more experience in the driving environment. New drivers, regardless of age, are provided with the support, skills and experience they need as they work towards becoming fully qualified drivers.

There are three stages to Saskatchewan's Graduated Driver Licensing program - Learner, Novice 1 and Novice 2. As drivers pass through these stages, they will see fewer restrictions at each stage until they graduate to an experienced Class 5 driver's licence. The Learner, Novice 1 or Novice 2 driving status is indicated on the driver's licence.

Steps in the Graduated Driver Licensing program

  1. Obtain a Learner's licence.
  2. Practise driving for nine months with a supervising driver.
  3. Complete the required mandatory driver training education.
  4. Pass a road test.
  5. Practise driving as a Class 5 Novice 1 driver for six months.
  6. Drive as a Class 5 Novice 2 driver for 12 months with no incidents (e.g., at-fault collision, traffic conviction and suspension free). In the event of an incident, the Novice 2 driver will be required to restart the 12-month incident-free period again.
  7. Graduate to an experienced Class 5 driver's licence.

Requirements

Class 7
Learner - 9 months
Class 5
Novice 1 - 6 months
Class 5
Novice 2 - 12 months
16 years of age (15 years of age high school program)16 years of age 
Pass written testPass Class 5 road test12 months - excludes interruptions (non-renewal, refusal, suspension); and
12 months - at-fault collision, traffic conviction and suspension free
Nine months - excludes interruptions (non-renewal, refusal, suspension)(non-renewal, refusal, suspension) 
Mandatory education - high school training (30 hours in-class, six hours in-car) or commercial training (six hours in-class, six hours in-car)  

Restrictions

Class 7
Learner - 9 months
Class 5
Novice 1 - 6 months
Class 5
Novice 2 - 12 months
Must have a supervising driver in the front passenger seat at all hours

Supervising driver must be an experienced, licensed driver)
One passenger only who is not immediate family member1; and

Other passengers must be immediate family members1 and are limited to number of seatbelts
Number of passengers limited to number of seatbelts
Pass written testPass Class 5 road test 
Between the hours of midnight and 5 a.m., passengers must be immediate family members1  
Mandatory education - high school training (30 hours in-class, six hours in-car) or commercial training (six hours in-class, six hours in-car)  

YOU HAVE GRADUATED TO AN EXPERIENCED LICENCE!

Note: All drivers in the Graduated Driver Licensing program are prohibited from operating both hand-held and hands-free electronic communication devices, such as cellphones, while driving.

Graduated Driver Licensing Improvement program

Drivers in any stage who are found at fault for a collision, or who receive convictions or suspensions, will be placed in the Graduated Driver Licensing Improvement program. Drivers will progress through the following steps:

  • A warning letter will be sent to the driver if the first traffic incident (conviction) has an assigned rating of two points or fewer2.
  • If the first traffic incident (conviction, at-fault collision, suspension) has an assigned rating of three to six points, the driver will be required to attend a Traffic Safety Education session.

Each incident thereafter will result in the driver being required to attend further education courses followed by the administrative suspensions:

  • Defensive Driving Course
  • Driver Improvement Training - educates drivers on the responsibilities and consequences associated with driving and encourages safe driving habits
  • 30-day driver's licence suspension
  • 90-day driver's licence suspension
  • 180-day driver's licence suspension
  • Interview and further action

For a complete list of offence and driver points, call 1-844-TLK-2SGI (1-844-855-2744).

Appeals

Drivers can appeal all sanctions, with the exception of the warning letter, Traffic Safety Education session, interview request and manual review to the Highway Traffic Board. The board is independent from SGI and has the authority to alter the decision, issue a restricted licence and reduce or increase the length of any driver's licence suspension.

 

Footnotes

  1. Immediate family members are defined as spouse, child, parent, sibling, grandparent, step-parent, step-grandparent, stepsibling, foster parent, foster child, foster sibling, parent-in-law, sibling-in-law or child-in-law.
  2. For a complete list of offence and driver points, call 1-800-667-9868.

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Rev: 2017