In addition to a prohibition period under the federal law, the person’s driver’s licence, or privilege to obtain a driver’s licence, is suspended under provincial legislation. In Newfoundland and Labrador the provincial legislation pertaining to suspensions for Criminal Code convictions is contained in the Highway Traffic Act. This provincial suspension period is applied after the conviction is registered and the federal Order of Prohibition is issued.
Suspension Periods for a Conviction on Impaired Driving
In the case of a 1st offence the minimum suspension period has remained one year. Effective August 1, 2003, for those convicted of a second offence the minimum driver’s licence suspension period has increased to three years and for those convicted of a third offence the suspension period has increased to five years.
Newfoundland and Labrador has introduced a lifetime suspension for a fourth conviction within a 10 year period from the date of first conviction with a a review of the suspension period being possible, upon application by the individual after 10 years.
The Province has implemented a new 10 year suspension for any driver convicted of impaired driving causing bodily harm with the possibility of a review of the suspension period upon application by the individual after 5 years; and has also implemented lifetime suspension, for any driver convicted of impaired driving causing death with the possibility for a review of the suspension period upon application by the individual after 10 years.