Overview

The Immediate Roadside Sanctions (IRS) Program of IRS ZERO: Novice is administered under section 88.01 of the Traffic Safety Act. It applies to drivers when law enforcement has reasonable grounds to believe a driver operated a motor vehicle with any amount of alcohol or drugs in their body while they were a novice driver with a Class 7 learner’s licence or a Class 5-GDL licence. These drivers must have a zero (0.00) blood alcohol concentration or blood drug concentration when driving.

Substances

The IRS ZERO: Novice Program applies to all alcohol and drugs. Under the IRS ZERO: Novice Program, there is a zero tolerance approach for any alcohol and drugs for novice drivers in the Class 7 learner’s licence or a Class 5-GDL licence category.

Immediate roadside appeal

You can request a second breath test on a different instrument to confirm your blood alcohol concentration or a blood test for drugs to confirm your blood drug concentration.

If the results of your second test is less than any prohibited drug or alcohol concentration, your Notice of Administrative Penalty in the IRS ZERO: Novice Program will be cancelled by law enforcement.

If the results of your second test is equal to or greater than any prohibited drug or alcohol concentration, your Notice of Administrative Penalty in the IRS ZERO: Novice Program will be confirmed by law enforcement.

Sanctions

Once the Notice of Administrative Penalty is issued by law enforcement, the driver’s licence suspension or disqualification begins immediately. A Confirmation of Suspension will be sent to the last known address listed on your motor vehicle file.

If you reside outside of Alberta, your home jurisdiction will be notified of the suspension or disqualification.

If your driver’s licence has been suspended under the IRS ZERO: Novice Program, you will receive the following sanctions:

  • an immediate 30-day driver’s licence suspension where you are unable to drive under any circumstances
  • a 7-day vehicle seizure
  • a $200 fine plus victim fine surcharge of 20%

In order to exit the GDL Program, the novice learner or driver must be suspension-free for the last year of their probationary stage. When a suspension occurs during the last year of the GDL phase, the 1-year term starts over immediately following the reinstatement of the driver’s licence.

File a review with SafeRoads

Through SafeRoads Alberta you can request a review of your contravention under the IRS ZERO: Novice Program.

Visit IRS Review for details on how to request a review.

Fine payment

Visit Pay your penalty for more information, to pay your fine, or request more time to pay.

Contact

Connect with Driver Fitness and Monitoring:

Driver fitness monitoring contact form

Connect with SafeRoads Alberta:

SafeRoads contact form

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