The Responsible Driver Program (RDP) is a remedial program for drivers with alcohol- or drug-related prohibitions. Under Section 25.2 of the Motor Vehicle Act (MVA), drivers whose driving records meet prescribed criteria are required to complete the RDP. The Superintendent of Motor Vehicles may consider that, with respect to a personís unsatisfactory driving record, skills, fitness or ability to drive and operate a motor vehicle, it is in the public interest to make a referral. For more information on these requirements please see:
Participation in the RDP is a requirement for those who wish to either maintain or renew their driving licence. Drivers who enrol in the RDP pay the prescribed fee of $930 ($905 plus GST) to Stroh Health Care.
Once registered in the RDP, participants complete an intensive telephone assessment and are then assigned to one of two components:
- Those deemed not to be of significant risk of recidivism are referred to an intensive 8-hour program.
- Those deemed to be of greater risk of recidivism are referred to a 16-hour program.
Participants, whose level of alcohol or other drug use indicates that an addiction has been established, are encouraged to contact appropriate community addiction services to further decrease their risk of recidivism.
Participants in both the 8 hour and the 16 hour programs learn basic information about alcohol, drugs and their impact on driving ability. The programs focus on preventing the harm that results from combining alcohol or other drug use and driving, and the objective is to separate these two activities, not eliminate them.