Who will deliver the B.C. Class 1 MELT course?
Driver training schools and driver training instructors who are licensed by ICBC to provide Class 1 driver training will deliver B.C.'s Class 1 MELT course, providing the driver training school is authorized to deliver the B.C. Class 1 MELT course. Instructors must take the B.C. Class 1 MELT orientation course to become authorized to teach.
How can driver training schools, driver training institutes and instructor training facilities become authorized to deliver B.C.'s Class 1 MELT course?
The model will be similar to what is in place for the ICBC-approved GLP course and will require the driver training school or instructor training facility to enter into an agreement with ICBC to deliver all theory and practical components of B.C.'s Class 1 MELT course (theoretical, in-yard and on-road).
ICBC will provide the B.C. Class 1 MELT Curriculum Framework and supporting training materials on dtcbc.com for schools, facilities and instructors who will be delivering B.C.'s Class 1 MELT course. Members of the public can find information on icbc.com.
Will ICBC be making any changes to the Class 1 road test?
No. The length of the Class 1 road test booking time and how the test is marked will remain the same. The road test will continue to consist of
- vehicle pre-trip
- air brake pre-trip, and
- practical on-road test.
Applicants must use a vehicle for the road test that is a tandem or tridem rear axle semi-truck or tractor towing a loaded tandem or tridem rear axle trailer. Both the tractor and trailer must have air brakes.
If an applicant is using a fifth wheel trailer, the overall trailer length must be at least 12.19 m (40 feet). If the applicant is using a pintle hitch trailer, it must have an overall length of at least 7.5 m (24.6 feet). The tractor and trailer combination, including load, must weigh at least 28,000 kgs GVW.
What do these changes mean for commercial driver training schools that offer air brake training for all driver's licence classes?
There are no changes to the current 16-hour air brake course or 20-hour air brake certification course. If you are a commercial driver training school or air brake training school or certification facility that offers these courses, you may continue to do so.
Refer to the FAQ, "What about drivers who want to apply for an air brake endorsement on a Class 2, 3, 4, or 5/7 driver's licence. What are the air brake training options?" under Class 1 driver's licence applicants and MELT below.
I am a small school and only provide practical driver training. Can I offer only part of the MELT training?
No. A student must complete the whole BC Class 1 MELT course at a single driver training school.
However, driving schools who wish to offer a BC Class 1 MELT course, but who may have an insufficient number of licensed practical or theoretical Class 1 driver training instructors may enter into a contractual agreement to employ a driver training instructor from another driving school.
If you require more information, reach out to your driving school inspector.
Will the minimum security amounts that a driver training school or instructor training facility must hold be increased if they will be delivering a Class 1 MELT course?
No. At this time, the security amounts (bonds) the driver training industry is required to maintain under Division 27 of the Motor Vehicle Act Regulations will remain the same.
B.C. requires higher bond amounts than other Canadian jurisdictions with a MELT program. ICBC will monitor whether there is a need to increase the security amounts required to be held by the driver training industry.
Will there be a maximum number of hours specified for a MELT program?
The B.C. Class 1 MELT course is aimed at entry-level training for new Class 1 drivers and requires that schools teach the approved curriculum in alignment with the minimum hours required.
However, some new Class 1 drivers may wish to complete a more comprehensive professional-level training course.
Driver training schools may deliver a more comprehensive professional-level Class 1 driver training course, providing the program is reviewed and approved by ICBC and is found to contain all of the core curriculum requirements of B.C.'s Class 1 MELT course.
Is there going to be a requirement for manual or automatic transmissions during the B.C. Class 1 MELT course and for the ICBC road test?
At the discretion of the student, up to 10 hours of practical on-road training may take place in a vehicle with an automatic or automated transmission. However, the remainder of the training must take place in a vehicle with a manual transmission. Manual transmission vehicles must have a minimum 13-speed transmission.
The student may choose to attempt the ICBC Class 1 road test using a minimum manual 13-speed transmission or automatic/automated transmission vehicle. If a student qualifies on the ICBC Class 1 road test with an automatic or automated transmission vehicle, they will be issued a driver's licence restricting them to Class 1 commercial vehicles with an automatic transmission.
I understand this requirement will not take effect until October 18, 2021, but can I enrol students in a B.C. Class 1 MELT course before that date?
ICBC is working with driver training schools and instructors to ensure that schools can begin to teach the Class 1 MELT course prior to October 18, 2021. It's expected that driving schools will transition at different times, but ICBC will work with the industry to ensure a fair roll-out to all schools who want to deliver the MELT course.
ICBC will work with the driver training industry to orient them to the new curriculum so they can begin teaching in early summer 2021. More information on the curriculum will be provided by ICBC on dtcbc.com.
I have students who are in the process of completing a B.C. Class 1 training course. How will this change affect them?
The government is making this announcement well in advance of October 18, 2021 so that those who are in the process of completing a Class 1 driver training course can complete their training and still have a reasonable amount of time to qualify on an ICBC Class 1 road test.
While ICBC is also publicly communicating these changes early, it's important for Class 1 driver training schools and instructors to make sure their students are aware of the changes so they can help students plan accordingly in the transition.
ICBC will not be increasing the availability of Class 1 road test bookings for schools leading up to October 18, 2021.
If a student chooses to enrol in a Class 1 driver training course that is not an approved B.C. Class 1 MELT course, they will not be able to attempt the Class 1 road test on or after October 18, 2021.
Can my students confirm their medical fitness to be eligible to hold a B.C. Class 1 driver's licence before they enrol in a MELT course?
Applicants must declare any known or suspected medical conditions prior to applying for a Class 1 driver's licence. Your students may be issued a Driver's Medical Examination Report (DMER) earlier in the application process depending on their declaration.
A person will generally be issued a DMER, to be completed by a physician, once they have qualified on the Class 1 road test. We understand that some drivers will want to ensure they can meet the driver fitness requirements defined by the National Safety Code prior to enrolling in the B.C. Class 1 MELT course.
If your student has concerns over their fitness and ability to hold a Class 1 driver's licence, they may request to be issued a Class 1 DMER at an ICBC driver licensing office before enrolling in the MELT course. It will be important for these applicants to complete the form within the required timeframe and ensure it is returned to the Office of the Superintendent of Motor Vehicles at RoadSafetyBC to avoid negative impacts to their current class of driver's licence.
Applicants must keep in mind that if they request a Class 1 DMER from an ICBC driver licensing office and then change their mind about making a Class 1 driver's licence application, they'll need to contact RoadSafetyBC to have the DMER cancelled to avoid cancellation of their current class of driver's licence.