Drivers start your engines…well in a phased manner at least.
After months of suspending testing operations, ICBC has announced that it will be resuming non-commercial road tests during the month of July.
Taking a phased approach, ICBC will be expanding its systems and resuming all road tests beginning with motorcycle tests on July 8. On this day, Recreational Trailer road tests will also become available.
ICBC will then look at resuming testing for Class 5-7 licenses on July 20.
Testing restarted a few weeks ago for drivers looking for a commercial license (Class 1-4). The auto insurer is continuing to book appointments for commercial drivers after a “successful reopening” of road tests.
According to a press release, the insurance corporation will be calling customers, who had tests cancelled due to COVID-19, this week for rebookings. Priority will be given to anyone who had a scheduled road test between March 17 and March 30.
For any customers who had tests cancelled after March 30, ICBC expects they will be able to rebook through the month of August.
In the meantime, ICBC continues to ask for customers’ patience “due to the expected high volume of calls.”
The corporation has also updated protocols to minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19. These new policies include requiring customers to have cleaned the interior of their own vehicle. Also, ICBC says they will be providing drivers with a mask that must be worn for the duration of the road test.
“Due to the nature of the motorcycle road test, riders will not be provided a mask, but will be required to wear a safety vest provided by ICBC, which will be sanitized before each use,” adds ICBC in a release.
Examiners will also be equipped with appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) which, ICBC says, can include a combination of masks, shields, goggles, gloves and disposable seat covers.