ICBC to resume non-commercial road tests in July

Photo: Darren Stone, Times Colonist

After a four-month hiatus, British Columbians will once again be able to book non-commercial road tests (Class 5 and 7) later this month – which ICBC says is part of its phased approach to reopening.

Previously, ICBC stated that it would be resuming road tests for Class 1 – 4 commercial licences in June.

The insurance corporation says priority for booking a test will be given to customers whose road tests were cancelled between March 17 and March 30.

“Customers whose appointment was cancelled between March 17 and March 30 will not need to call – ICBC will call affected customers,” ICBC said in a statement.

ICBC will begin calling those customers this week to rebook, with tests to begin July 20.

Following this first group, ICBC will then prioritize re-booking customers who had road tests cancelled after March 30.

ICBC says it expects these customers will be able to re-book through the month of August.

About 55,000 non-commercial appointments have been cancelled since March.

The insurance corporation is asking for customers’ patience, “due to the expected high volume of calls.” Further details on the timing for new road test bookings will be provided in the following weeks.

Before their appointment, customers are asked to review the safety vehicle checklist and ensure that the interior of their vehicle is clean, and are asked to arrive on time for their tests with identification.

Customers will also be asked a series of COVID-19 screening questions and will be provided a face mask that must be worn for the entire road test.

While examiners will still conduct the tests from inside the customer’s vehicle, they will be wearing PPE throughout the test.

Motorcycle tests will also be resuming this month, starting July 8, along with recreational trailer (Class 4 and 5) tests. Customers may book motorcycle tests online and call ICBC to book an appointment for recreational trailer tests.

Motorcycle test-takers will not be provided a mask, due to the nature of that test, but will be required to wear an ICBC-provided safety vest which will be sanitized before each use.

Health-care workers and first responders who need a license for work will have priority access, and can call 1-800-950-1498 as of today (July 7) to see if they qualify to book.

Richmond News