Suspended or Prohibited as a result of a Criminal Code Conviction

You can appeal to the LSAB for a conditional Driver’s Licence under the following two circumstances:

  1. You are convicted of Impaired Driving or other alcohol and/or drug related offences and want to ask for a conditional driver’s licence during the court-imposed prohibition after you are eligible to apply for participation in the Ignition Interlock Program
  2. You have an additional period of suspension of your driver’s licence that extends beyond any court imposed driving prohibition

LSAB is not an option when you are convicted of any other driving offense(s) under the Criminal Code and you are still serving the prohibition period.

Additional information that must be provided

If you are suspended for a period of longer than two (2) years, you will have to provide the following additional information with your application:

  • Personal Letter, written by you, explaining your circumstances, the changes you have made since the incident(s) occurred and why you feel it would not be against the public interest for the Board to allow conditional driving privileges at this time.
  • Support letters from individuals who can attest to the changes you have made such as family members, co-workers, members of the community, probation officers etc. These letters must include the person’s full name, signature, telephone number and should also state their relationship to you.

If your offence(s) are alcohol or drug related, you will have to provide the following additional information, along with the above, with your application:

  • Personal letter, identified above, referencing your present consumption and/or habits
  • Support letters from individuals, identified above, referencing the changes you have made regarding your consumption and/or habits
  • if you are attending AA/NA/CA or similar meetings, a letter from your sponsor/leader confirming your participation and date of abstinence
  • if you have completed a treatment program(s), a letter from the facility/counsellor confirming your participation, the duration of the program and your date of abstinence
  • if you are unable to provide confirmation from an AA/NA/CA sponsor or a treatment facility, the Board would consider a letter from your medical physician confirming your date of abstinence or present consumption and habits

If you cannot or do not want to provide support letters, you can submit a waiver of support letters however, the Board will not consider any support letters during the Hearing if a waiver is filed.

In addition to the above, during the Hearing you will be asked the following questions:

  • Have you attended Addictions Foundation Manitoba (AFM)? If yes, when and what process did you go through with AFM? For example, did you attend a day course, did you attend a group session, and have you met one-on-one with a counsellor?
  • Are you attending Alcoholics Anonymous/Narcotics Anonymous? Do you currently have a sponsor?
  • What is the date you quit using alcohol/drugs?
  • What is your current practice with alcohol/drugs?
  • If the LSAB grants a conditional driver’s licence, it is typical for the order to be limited at first so that you can show you will follow the conditions placed on your driver’s licence.

If you have a lengthy suspension (5 years or more), the Board may consider expanding and granting further driving privileges when the Board is satisfied that a satisfactory period of compliance has passed (generally after 3 years) and the driving record continues to demonstrate no further Highway Traffic Act or Criminal Code offences.

The Board is only able to consider an exemption for the Ignition Interlock (II) Requirement when:

  • The court ordered prohibition has ended (for example, for the duration of any further suspension imposed by MPI, typically during a 5-year, 10-year, or lifetime suspension)
  • The Board must consult with the Registrar of Motor Vehicles about the exemption being considered. Generally, this will be a report provided by MPI indicating your current participation in the program and if there has been any concerns.
  • If the Board is satisfied that an exemption is necessary for you to be employed, then the exemption can be made ONLY in the course of employment in a vehicle that is owned, leased or rented by the employer and cannot be equipped with an II device

Lifetime Suspensions and Full Remission

The Board has the jurisdiction to grant a full remission - meaning lifting a suspension entirely. However, full remissions are extremely rare and less than 1% of applications received each year are granted a full remission.

Typically, a full remission has only been granted to individuals who have been on a Board Order for an extended period of time, normally between 9 to 10 years.

When filing an application, you can request that the Board consider a full remission or if they are not satisfied that full remission is appropriate, to consider granting additional conditions. You will be required to submit supporting documents in accordance with the Documentation Requirements (PDF, 222 KB) as with any other Appeal Application.

For those who are serving a lifetime suspension(s), the Board generally follows this progression:

Phase 1: Upon first granting a Conditional Driver’s Licence, the Board may consider granting driving privileges to and from work and/or in the course of employment only. The general guideline is that Appellants remain on this Board Order for approximately three (3) years. For example: Driving for “ABC Company”, Monday to Friday, 7:00 am until 7:00 pm

Phase 2: After three (3) years (end of year 3 on a Board Order), a new Appeal Application can be filed and if there are no further public safety concerns, the Board may consider a Board Order that adds some personal driving. The general guideline is that Appellants remain on this subsequent Board Order for an approximately another three years. For example: Driving for “ABC Company”, Monday to Friday, 7:00 am until 7:00 pm; AND Driving for personal reasons on Saturday from 7:00 am until 7:00 pm

Phase 3: After three (3) years (end of year 6 on a Board Order), a new Appeal Application can be filed and if there continues to be no further public safety concerns, the Board may consider a Board Order that includes specific times with no restrictions. The general guideline is that Appellants remain on this subsequent Board Order for approximately another three years. For example: Driving with no restrictions between 5:00 am and 10:00 pm

After three (3) years (end of year 9 on a Board Order), a new Appeal Application can be filed and if there continues to be no further public safety concerns the Board may consider granting a full remission.

It is recommended that you do not file an application for full remission if you are not currently on a Conditional Driver’s Licence, or have held one for less than 3 years.