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Ignition Interlock Program Overview

Newfoundland and Labrador Ignition Interlock Program

The voluntary program permits offenders to have the ignition interlock device installed after they have served their minimum absolute prohibition period. The installation of an ignition interlock device allows the participant to regain driving privileges after an impaired driving conviction. The suspension remains on the driver's licence, however, participants are provided a restricted driver's licence indicating they can operate a vehicle equipped with an ignition interlock device. Program participants will be required to have the ignition interlock device in their vehicle for their entire suspension period.

The mandatory program is required after the suspension time is served*. The length of time individuals are required to participate will depend on their driving record. For a first time impaired driving offence, individuals will be required to participate in a 12 month mandatory ignition interlock program. Participants are issued a restricted driver's licence indicating they can operate a vehicle equipped with an ignition interlock device. After the mandatory program is completed, the participant will be issued a driver's licence with the restriction removed.

*Applies only to drivers whose offence date is after midnight September 20, 2017.

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Ignition Interlock Device and How it Works

An ignition interlock device (IID) is an in-car alcohol breath screening device that prevents a vehicle from starting if it detects a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) over a pre-set limit. The device is located inside the vehicle near the driver's seat, and is connected to the engine's ignition system.

Before starting the vehicle, the driver must blow into the device. If the recorded blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is above the pre-set limit, the vehicle will not start. Once the vehicle is started, the interlock device requires random breath samples at pre-set times. If a breath sample is not provided or if the BAC exceeds the limit, the device will issue a warning, record the event, and activate specific alarm systems (i.e., lights flashing, horn honking, etc.) until the ignition is turned off.

Once installed, the IID must be used by anyone operating the vehicle.

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Who is Required to Complete the Program and Applying for Installation

Residents of Newfoundland and Labrador who are convicted of an impaired driving related offence under the Criminal Code of Canada must complete the mandatory Ignition Interlock Program in order to have their driving privileges reinstated*.
*Applies only to drivers whose offence date is after midnight September 20, 2017.

The following criteria determines eligibility:

  • Conviction of impaired driving or refusing a breathalyzer demand;
  • Court ordered minimum absolute prohibition period must be served first;
  • Have no other suspensions in place;
  • All outstanding fines and reinstatement fees have been paid;
  • Completion of any alcohol/drug education courses;
  • Valid registration of the vehicle the device is being installed;

Once applicants have met all requirements, they must obtain an approval letter from Motor Registration. The applicant must present this letter to the technician for installation. Technicians at Installation Centers will not install a vehicle ignition interlock device without an approval letter from Motor Registration.

Applicants should contact Motor Registration Office either by:
Email: DriverRecords@gov.nl.ca
Phone: 1-877-636-6867
Mail: P.O. Box 8710, St. John's, NL, A1B 4J5
In Person: At any Motor Registration Office in the province

 

Making Your Appointment

Once approval has been given by Motor Registration Division, the applicant is responsible for all administrative, installation, maintenance, and removal costs for the device.

Alcolock is the service provider for the Newfoundland and Labrador Ignition Interlock Program and they will provide the necessary information, including fee schedules, for the program.

Upon approval, applicants can call their nearest installation center to book an appointment. For more information on locations of installation centers please call 1-877-658-6374 or visit www.alcolock.ca

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Penalties for Not Complying With the Ignition Interlock Program

Persons enrolled in the program who are convicted of driving without an ignition interlock device, or for tampering with the device, may face fines under the Highway Traffic Act.

Motor Registration has the ability to review the participant's ignition interlock violations. Any violations may affect the amount of time the restriction remains on the licence.

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How the Ignition Interlock Device and Driver Licence Restrictions are Removed

When the mandatory period has been completed, program participants must obtain an approval letter from the Motor Registration Division to have the device removed from the vehicle. At that time the restriction will be removed from their licence.

If the participant decides to have the ignition interlock device removed from the vehicle before the restriction period is completed, program participants must obtain an approval letter from Motor Registration Division to have the device removed from the vehicle and the driver's licence card must be returned to the Registrar of Motor Vehicles. The driver will be placed back on suspended status and will not be permitted to drive.

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