According to Alberta Ministry of Transportation, the demerit point system here is used to maintain an accurate account of a driver's convictions on their driving record. Demerit points are assigned to a client's driving record in accordance with the Regulations under the Motor Vehicle Administration Act.
When two years have elapsed from the date of a conviction, the number of points assessed for that conviction are removed from your record. Remember, the date of conviction is the date that you actually pay your fine or are found guilty in absence, not the date that you received the fine.
When a total of eight or more but less than 15 points have accumulated, you are mailed a courtesy notice of point standing.
If you accumulate 15 or more demerit points within a two year period on your driving record, your license will be suspended for one month. With each subsequent suspension, within a prescribed time period, the time period you lose your license for increases.
When a demerit point suspension has been served, the license is reinstated with seven points. These points remain on your record until a period of two years from the assessed date has passed.
Other things to be aware of:
- When the suspension is the second demerit suspension within one year, your license is suspended for three months.
- When the suspension is the third or more demerit suspension within two years, your license is suspended for six months. In addition, you may be required to appear before the Alberta Transportation Safety Board.
- There is no remedy or appeal against a demerit point suspension; unless it can be proven the demerit points were assigned in error. You may request to review your driving record on these grounds by making a written submission to the Driver Fitness and Monitoring Branch.
If you have not yet reached 15 demerit points than you may be able to reduce the points you have and keep from receiving a points suspension in Alberta, Canada. If you can successfully completed an approved defensive driving course prior to accumulating 15 or more points, a maximum of three demerit points may be removed from a driving record once every two year.
If you have a graduated license than the amount of points you can reach is lowered. With a graduated driver's license when an accumulation of eight or more points occurs within a two-year period, your license is automatically suspended for one month. When a demerit point suspension has been served, the license is reinstated with three points.
For either a full license or graduated license you must pay a reinstatement fee at the end of your suspension term. If you do not, your motor vehicle services will be restricted. So although your term is completed, you must still go to a registry agent, pay your fee and prove to them that you have met all the requirements regarding your suspension. You will then get a written notice that your driving privileges have been reinstated.
There are harsh penalties to face if you drive during your suspension. If you are caught driving a motor vehicle while your license is suspended in Alberta, you may go to jail. Jail terms for this offense are common. You will also face a large fine. In addition, your license will be suspended for six more months. This new suspension will not start until any existing suspension ends. The vehicle you are driving, whether you own it or not, will be seized and impounded for 30 days. All towing charges and impound fees will be charged to the registered owner of the vehicle.