Rules & Penalties
The use of hand-held communication and entertainment devices is against the law while driving or operating a motor vehicle in BC.
With 1 infraction, drivers can be fined $368 and 4 penalty points, including paying a further $252 ICBC Driver Penalty Point premium, for a total of $620.
Drivers with two or more infractions over a three-year period are charged a Driver Risk Premium (DRP), billed annually and is separate from any insurance premiums they may have.
- BC’s Motor Vehicle Act, Part 3.1 specifically addresses the use of electronic devices while driving
- RoadSafetyBC’s Use of Electronic Devices While Driving summarizes the types of devices that are banned from use as well the types of hands-free communication devices permitted
- ICBC ‘s list of traffic violations with associated fines and penalty points
- The Traffic Injury Research Foundation's Drop it and Drive education program contains research, tools and other educational resources related to distracted driving, including virtual and in-person seminars for organizations and schools.