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Old Apr 20th 2007, 9:42 pm
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Hi there just wondering about driving in BC do we brits have to sit new tests .My wife is pissing herself shes German and has only to hand over her licence and collect a BC one just like that
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Old Apr 20th 2007, 9:52 pm
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Yes, you (we!) do... I know, it's so unfair that certain nationalities can just get a BC licence automatically. The people at our local ICBC branch said it was all to do with which countries had reciprocal agreements with Canada, and nothing to do with perceived driving skills in the other countries
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Old Apr 20th 2007, 9:54 pm
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Hi there just wondering about driving in BC do we brits have to sit new tests .My wife is pissing herself shes German and has only to hand over her licence and collect a BC one just like that
Short answer yes you have to do tests she doesn't.

http://www.icbc.com/licensing/lic_renew_replace_new.asp

Some reading for you and your wife to familiarise yourselves with driving in B.C.

http://www.icbc.com/Licensing/lic_ut...an_drivers.asp
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Old Apr 20th 2007, 9:58 pm
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Just remember one thing when driving anywhere in canada - "he who hesitates is lost....!"
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Old Apr 20th 2007, 10:02 pm
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Just remember one thing when driving anywhere in canada - "he who hesitates is lost....!"
That explains why people drive the way they do then (in Calgary), with little ir no consideration for other road users

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Short answer yes you have to do tests she doesn't.

http://www.icbc.com/licensing/lic_renew_replace_new.asp

Some reading for you and your wife to familiarise yourselves with driving in B.C.

http://www.icbc.com/Licensing/lic_ut...an_drivers.asp
Shes still pissing herself :curse: :curse:
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That explains why people drive the way they do then (in Calgary), with little ir no consideration for other road users

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they do seem to find gaps between you and the car in front which don't actually exist - drives me nuts (no pun intended)
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Hi there just wondering about driving in BC do we brits have to sit new tests .My wife is pissing herself shes German and has only to hand over her licence and collect a BC one just like that
Can't you swap your GB one for a German one before you leave?
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My wife is pissing herself shes German and has only to hand over her licence and collect a BC one just like that
Don't worry I dug this lil gem out for you:

http://britishexpats.com/forum/showt...ght=bc+driving

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Hi there just wondering about driving in BC do we brits have to sit new tests .My wife is pissing herself shes German and has only to hand over her licence and collect a BC one just like that
My son has just done his driving test and passed yesterday. said it was easy took 25 minutes and he had to do, parrell parking, reverse parking, stoping and starting on a hill, turn left/right and that was it.
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Hi there just wondering about driving in BC do we brits have to sit new tests .My wife is pissing herself shes German and has only to hand over her licence and collect a BC one just like that
If I remember correctly, I was able to get a German driving licence while I lived there without surrendering my UK one. When I came to Canada (from Germany) I swapped the UK one for an Ontario license and I still have my German (ie EU) one.

Which is useful for driving in Britain, because I can claim to be a German tourist if stopped for speeding etc. The police usually just shrug and say "please be more careful, sir."
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