ICBC reinstating road tests for commercial licences starting this week

Jun 11 2020, 12:50 am

In a move it said falls in line with BC’s multi-phased reopening plan, ICBC announced it will be resuming road tests for those seeking to obtain their Class 1-4 commercial driver’s licences.

Bookings for the tests will begin this Thursday, June 11, and will be by appointment only. Customers wishing to obtain a commercial licence can call 1-800-950-1498 to book an appointment. Priority appointments will initially be provided to customers who had their commercial road test appointments cancelled between March 17 and March 30.

Customers are asked to arrive on time for their appointment with the required identification and ensure the interior of their vehicle is clean.

Upon arrival, they will be asked a series of health screening questions and provided a mandatory medical-grade mask to wear for the duration of the road test.

Examiners will continue to conduct road tests from inside the customer’s vehicle to ensure he or she is able to fully assess the road test and to take control of the vehicle in the event of an emergency. ICBC said examiners will also be provided the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), which can include a combination of masks, shields, goggles, gloves, and disposable seat covers.

ICBC said it has secured sufficient PPE for this initial phase and is planning to expand the availability of road tests to other classes of licences “as soon as possible.”

However, it notes that the timing of that expansion will be dependent on the successful roll-out of this initial phase and its continued ability to secure “sufficient” PPE for employees and customers.

“The safety of our customers and employees is our top priority and we have taken a thoughtful approach to develop a plan that allows us to resume road tests in the safest manner possible,” said ICBC President and CEO Nicolas Jimenez. “Customers have been eager to see these services resume and we’re happy to have found a way to do so safely.”

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