Some Important Tips for Driving Regulations

It goes without saying that if you drive a vehicle you must hold the appropriate G/G2 license and you must also be fully conversant with driving regulations. You would do well to refer to the Highway Traffic Act and be familiar with the rules. If you are new to this state you would need to go through the graduated licensing program, a two-step process that takes about 20 months for you to obtain the G driving license for cars.

Some of the basic regulations drivers must be familiar with are given below.

You will need to obtain a driving license once you take up residence in the region and wish to drive a car. You will go through the two-step process and you will have to pass the driving test before a license is issued to you. If you are from a region with which has an exchange agreement then your existing license may be valid provided you pass the vision test and you can prove your competence. Such drivers need to present themselves at the Drivers Examination Centre and show their existing driving license or obtain a written confirmation about their driving experience from the appropriate licensing authorities.

Whether you drive your own vehicle or another car the vehicles need to be fully licensed, insured and they must also be well maintained. The vehicle must be registered and drivers need to buy a vehicle permit and license plates as well as pay the annual vehicle validation fee, renewed each year from the Driver & Vehicle Licensing Issuing Office. If you bring in your own vehicle from another province or State you must register it within 30 days. If you are buying a used car please check its history for ownership, the record of accidents and mileage traveled.

All vehicles must be fully insured with a suitable third party liability insurance cover worth at least $200,000. Vehicle registration mandates a valid insurance policy.

When you drive you must have the pink liability insurance card with you at all times and you must produce it if the police ask for it. Failure can lead to a fine of $40.

Recent changes to regulations include stiffer penalties if you are found to be using your phone while driving. Pedestrians get precedence at the pedestrian crossover and at the school crossing. You must wait the pedestrians have reached the other side of the road safely before you start your vehicle or you could become liable to a fine of $ 150 to $ 500 and three demerit points. The fine could be double if you infringe the regulations in Community Safety Zones.

The rule applies to pedestrian crossover but not to the pedestrian crosswalk where previous regulations apply. If traffic signals and stop signs are present then also the regulations may not apply. The new regulations apply at school crossing provided a crossing guard is present.

You start with a G1 test and then after suitable practice applies for G2 driving test that gives you full class G driving privileges for which you have to sign a declaration of highway driving experience to show you have driven on designated highways at a speed limit of at least 80km/hr.