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Consolidated Newfoundland Regulation 1996
Traffic Driver Regulations
Under the authority of section 186 of the Highway Traffic Act and the Subordinate Legislation Revision and Consolidation Act, the Lieutenant‑Governor in Council makes the following regulations.
1. Short title
3. Medical certificate required
4. Experience required
5. Application requirements
6. Driving examination
7. Persons exempted from additional requirements
8. Applicants from other jurisdictions
11. NATO Forces members
12. International driving permit holders
13. Renewal following lengthy lapse
14. Air brake endorsement required
15. Authorized instruction
16. Evidence of air brake endorsement
Persons 16 years
18. Student passengers
19. Who may be present during instruction
Approval of driving school for
21. Evidence of successful program completion
1. These regulations may be cited as the Highway Traffic Driver Regulations.
2. In these regulations
(a) "air brake endorsement" means the authorization that permits the holder to operate vehicles equipped with air brake systems;
(b) "approved driving instructor" means a licensed driver who has been designated in writing as a driving instructor by the President of the Safety Council of Newfoundland or by an official of a driving school;
(c) "approved driving school" means a driving school approved in writing by the Minister of Works, Services and Transportation;
(d) "authorized instruction" means the authority granted by the registrar for a driver to operate a motor vehicle, as a learner, or for the purpose of receiving instruction in upgrading to another class driver's licence;
(e) "Class 1 driver's licence" means a licence that permits the holder to operate all semi‑trailer trucks and other classes shown by endorsements on the licence;
(f) "Class 2 driver's licence" means a licence that permits the holder to operate all buses over 24 passenger and other classes as shown by endorsements on the licence;
(g) "Class 3 driver's licence" means a licence that permits the holder to operate trucks with 3 or more axles including a combination of vehicles and other classes as shown by endorsements on the licence but does not include a semi‑trailer truck;
(h) "Class 4 driver's licence" means a licence that permits the holder to operate all motor vehicles, buses up to 24 passengers and other classes as shown by endorsements on the licence;
(i) "Class 5 driver's licence" means a licence that permits the holder to operate all motor vehicles with not more than 2 axles and combinations of vehicles where the towed vehicle does not exceed 4,500 kilograms, buses, taxis and ambulances while not carrying passengers, self‑propelled motor homes with 2 or more axles, farm tractors, fork lifts and any emergency vehicle excluding ambulances, trucks designed for off highway use and vehicles commonly known as backhoes;
(j) "Class 6 driver's licence" means a licence that permits the holder to operate motorcycles only;
(k) "Class 7 driver's licence" means a licence that permits a beginner to drive as a learner in Class 5, 6 or 8 when accompanied by a licensed driver for that class or authorized to operate a motorcycle as a learner in accordance with conditions prescribed by the Act;
(l) "Class 8 driver's licence" means a licence that permits the holder to operate traction engines only;
(m) "endorsement" means the class or classes of driver's licence which the driver is authorized to hold in addition to the basic class shown on his or her driver's licence; and
(n) "international driving permit" means a special licence for tourists authorized by treaty among nations of the world for the purpose of allowing them to drive motor vehicles in international traffic.
Medical certificate required
3. The registrar shall not issue a driver's licence unless the driver has undergone a medical examination and filed with the registrar a certificate from a duly qualified medical practitioner completed in accordance with medical standards fixed by the Canadian Medical Association, as amended, and in the case of
(a) a driver in Classes 1, 2, 3 and 4, the certificate shall be filed at the time of the original application for a driver's licence in that class, every 5 years to age 45, every 3 years to age 65 and annually after that; and
(b) a driver in Classes 5, 6 and 8, the certificate shall be filed at the age of 75 years, at the age of 80 years and every 2 years after that.
4. (1) The registrar shall not issue a Class 1 or a Class 3 driver's licence to a person who has not had one year's driving experience as a licensed Class 5 driver.
(2) The registrar shall not issue a Class 2 or a Class 4 driver's licence to a person who has not had 2 years' driving experience as a licensed Class 5 driver.
(3) The registrar may waive any requirement under this section upon being satisfied that the circumstances warrant such an exemption.
5. (1) A person who applies for a driver's licence for the first time shall produce for identification purposes an official birth certificate or other proof of date of birth satisfactory to the registrar.
(2) A Class 7 driver's licence shall not be issued to a person under 19 years of age unless the application has been approved and signed by a parent or legal guardian or if the applicant has no legal guardian by a person considered by the registrar to be acceptable.
(3) An applicant for a driver's licence of any class who possesses a valid driver's licence issued by a competent authority outside the province shall deliver the licence to the registrar before any driver's licence is issued in the province.
(4) Notwithstanding subsection (3), the registrar may permit a driver from another jurisdiction to retain an original driver's licence in addition to a driver's licence issued in the province if the registrar is satisfied that such retention is necessary.
(5) Except as provided in subsection (4), a person shall not hold more than one driver's licence issued under the Act or the laws of another jurisdiction.
6. (1) The registrar shall not issue a driver's licence of any class to a person unless that person successfully completes a driving examination prescribed by the registrar.
(2) An examination referred to in subsection (1) shall include
(a) a test of the person's vision, ability to identify and understand highway signs and knowledge of highway traffic laws and safe driving practices; and
(b) a test of the person's ability to operate a motor vehicle upon a highway in traffic conditions at the direction of a driver examiner.
(3) A person required to complete an examination referred to in paragraphs (2)(a) and (b) shall meet every standard prescribed in respect of each class of driver's licence.
(4) The registrar may vary the requirements of subsections (2) and (3) where, in the opinion of the registrar, an examination is not necessary.
Persons exempted from additional requirements
7. Holders of a Class 5 licence as described in paragraphs (a) to (d) are exempt from a requirement to hold additional classes or endorsements of licence
(a) a peace officer or firefighter operating a motor vehicle while on duty;
(b) a driver examiner or motor vehicle inspector appointed in accordance with the Act operating a motor vehicle while on duty;
(c) a salesperson of motor vehicles operating a motor vehicle for demonstration purposes; and
(d) a garage mechanic or garage service personnel operating a service truck or road testing a motor vehicle or calling for or delivering a motor vehicle either before or after servicing or repairs.
Applicants from other jurisdictions
8. Where an applicant for a driver's licence for any class except Class 7 holds a valid driver's licence issued under the laws of another jurisdiction authorizing the applicant to drive the class of motor vehicle for which the driver's licence is sought, the registrar before issuing a driver's licence in this province,
(a) in respect of a driver's licence issued in
(b) in respect of a driver's licence issued in another jurisdiction not described in paragraph (a), shall require compliance with subsection 6(2) unless a reciprocal agreement concerning mutual recognition of driver licences is in effect between the province and the other jurisdiction, in which case the registrar shall comply with the terms of that agreement;
(c) for purposes of facilitating the licensing of drivers who change their place of residence, the registrar may enter into reciprocal agreements granting mutual recognition of valid driver licences issued by the signatory jurisdictions and providing for waivers of certain examination requirements, and the terms of those agreements shall be complied with as if they were part of these regulations.
9. Subsection 6(1) shall not apply to an applicant who holds a valid Canadian Forces Europe Driving Permit upon application for a driver's licence for any class.
10. Subsection 6(1) shall not apply to an applicant for a driver's licence who is a member of a visiting NATO Force.
NATO Forces members
11. A person visiting this province as a member of the NATO Forces in accordance with the provisions of Article IV(a) of The Status of Forces Agreement may operate a forces service vehicle provided he or she holds a valid driver's licence from the visiting force country or state.
International driving permit holders
12. A person who holds a valid International Driving Permit may drive a motor vehicle in the province for a period of 90 days from the date of entering the province, provided the person is not a resident of the province.
Renewal following lengthy lapse
13. The registrar shall not renew a driver's licence for a person if the driver's licence has been expired for more than 3 years unless that person has met the requirements of subsection 6(1).
Air brake endorsement required
14. A person shall not operate a motor vehicle equipped with an air braking system unless that person is the holder of an air brake endorsement.
15. (1) A person who holds a class of driver's licence except Class 7 shall have his or her driver's licence endorsed for authorized instruction before commencing driver instruction for another class of driver's licence.
(2) A person operating a motor vehicle under authorized instruction shall comply with the Act with respect to each class of driver's licence.
Evidence of air brake endorsement
16. For the purpose of these regulations, an air brake endorsement may be shown on a driver's licence as a Class 9 driver's licence.
Persons 16 years of age
17. A person not younger than 16 years of age who does not hold a driver's licence may, for the purpose of receiving instruction in driving a motor vehicle, drive a motor vehicle upon a highway if the following conditions are met:
(a) he or she is a student in a class of driving instruction given under the direction of the Safety Council of Newfoundland or an approved driving school;
(b) he or she is under the personal direction of an approved driving instructor who is present in the motor vehicle and sitting next to the student driver; and
(c) the motor vehicle has securely affixed signs visible from the front and rear of the vehicle which identify the motor vehicle as being operated by a student driver.
18. Where a person referred to in section 17 is authorized to drive a motor vehicle to which a Class 5 driver's licence applies and all the requirements of section 17 are being complied with, other students not younger than 16 years of age participating in a class of driving instruction given under the direction of the Safety Council of Newfoundland or an approved driving school may be present in the motor vehicle in addition to the driver under instruction, provided
(a) they are not in the front seat of the vehicle; and
(b) they are not more than 3 in number.
Who may be present during instruction
19. Where a person is the holder of a Class 5 driver's licence which has been endorsed for authorized instruction in Class 1, 2, 3 or 4 and all the requirements of section 17 are being complied with, other students participating in a class of driving instruction given under the direction of the Safety Council of Newfoundland or an approved driving school may be present in the motor vehicle in addition to the driver under instruction, provided
(a) they are not in the front seat of the vehicle;
(b) they are not more than 4 in number; and
(c) the vehicle, if not equipped to carry students, has been modified for seating those students.
Approval of driving school for additional students
20. For the purpose of these regulations, in order for a driving school to be approved by the minister to carry additional students, that school must provide both in‑vehicle and in‑class driver instruction.
Evidence of successful program completion
21. Prior to reinstating the driver's licence of a person whose driver licence has been suspended due to 24 hour roadside suspension or to conviction of a driving offence under the Criminal Code, the registrar shall require the person to provide evidence of having successfully completed, at the person's own expense, one or more of the following programs or assessment, as set out in the Schedule and approved by the minister:
(a) a driver education program;
(b) an alcohol dependency assessment; and if recommended
(c) an alcohol rehabilitation program.
22. The Highway Traffic (Driver) Regulations, 1994,
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