Immediate Roadside Prohibition - IRP

If you've been accused of drinking and driving in British Columbia for the first time and did not cause an accident, you will likely receive an Immediate Roadside Prohibition ("IRP"). This may result in your vehicle being impounded for up to 30 days and your driving privileges being revoked for up to 90 days. The length of your vehicle impoundment and license suspension depends on whether you received a "WARN" or "FAIL" result on the approved screening devices used by police officers.

As IRPs are administered through the B.C. Motor Vehicle Act (and not the Criminal Code of Canada), an IRP, in and of itself, does not result in a criminal record. At least that's some good news. You can only receive a criminal record for drinking and driving if the offence is prosecuted under the Criminal Code. It is also possible to receive both an IRP and a court date for a criminal charge in certain circumstances.

Although an IRP is not a criminal offence, it could be worthwhile to hire a lawyer for an application to appeal it. If you do not appeal your IRP, you are liable for vehicle towing and storage fees, a mandatory fine of up to $500 and a $250 licence reinstatement fee. You may also incur increased driver's insurance premiums and the potential for a further driving prohibition based on a poor driving record (if you have one). The fun doesn't stop there, as you may also have to pay fees to attend the Responsible Driver Program and get an ignition interlock device installed in your car.

If you've been served with an IRP, you only have seven (7) days from the date of the offence to appeal it, so give us a call to ask us any questions. Although there are no guaranteed results for any given situation, you'll want lawyers who can give you the best chances of winning. It could very well be worth the money.