Overview

The Immediate Roadside Sanctions (IRS) ZERO: Novice program applies to drivers in the Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) program with a Class 7 learner’s licence or a Class 5-GDL licence. These drivers must have a zero (0.00) blood alcohol concentration (BAC) or blood drug concentration (BDC) when driving.

For more information, please refer to the IRS ZERO: Novice information sheet.

In addition to the provincial sanctions below, drivers may also be subject to criminal charges and federal penalties imposed by the court.

Sanctions

You will receive:

  • an immediate 30-day driver’s licence suspension
  • a seven-day vehicle seizure
  • a $200 fine plus victim fine surcharge of 20%

In order to exit the GDL Program, a probationary 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 one-year term starts over immediately following the reinstatement of the driver’s licence.

Immediate roadside appeal

At the time of occurrence, you can request a second breath test on a different instrument for alcohol to confirm your BAC or a blood test for drugs to confirm your BDC at roadside.

Review

Through SafeRoads Alberta, you can request a review of your:

Fine payment

Starting on January 1, 2021, Alberta’s victim fine surcharge will be included in the total amount of your Notice of Administrative Penalty fine. A victim surcharge is a fine imposed on a person convicted of an offence or who commits a contravention under provincial laws. These funds are used to provide programs, services and assistance to victims of crime and to fund public safety initiatives to deter crime and reduce victimization.

Through SafeRoads Alberta, you can:

  • pay your administrative penalty fine
  • request more time to pay

Contact

Connect with Driver Fitness and Monitoring:

Driver fitness monitoring contact form
Phone: 780-427-8230
Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)

Connect with SafeRoads Alberta:

SafeRoads contact form
Phone: 780-427-SAFE
Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)