[Manitoba] 15 months car experience before class 1?

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by 00Gambit, Feb 22, 2020.

  1. 00Gambit

    00Gambit Bobtail Member

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    Hi, I've read that before you can enrol on a class 1 course you need to have held a Manitoba driving licence for 15 months to obtain "intermediate skill" level of the graduated driver licensing program, which takes 15 months.

    Is this true?

    I've held a valid car licence in the UK for 10 years and a class 1 licence for 3 years but seeing as I'll technically be a new driver in Manitoba, I doubt my experience will carry over and make me exempt like it does with normal experienced Canadians who have moved to Manitoba from another province.
     
  2. lovesthedrive

    lovesthedrive Is here to help

    Unless that car was commercial miles. Miles driven by personal vehicle doesnt mean squat.
     
  3. tinytim

    tinytim Road Train Member

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    If you are exchanging a valid driver’s licence from a reciprocal country, you can get an equivalent Manitoba licence without taking a knowledge or road test.

    United Kingdom Class 5 and 6

    New to Manitoba

    You should contact mpi but my understanding of that is that you would be able to exchange your license for a valid class 5 full stage license.

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  4. 00Gambit

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    Thanks.

    I have emailed them but they're taking a fair while to get back to me. I'm aware I can exchange the licence for a Manitoba one but I'm just not sure if my UK car experience will carry over.

    I hope they reply to me.
     
  5. tinytim

    tinytim Road Train Member

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    Not sure if by email you mean you used the contact form but it says they will respond within 2 business days.
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    Having held a license for 10 years it seems obvious you have the equivalent of and should qualify for a full stage class 5 license.

     
  6. Snow Monster

    Snow Monster Medium Load Member

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    You can exchange a UK license for a class 5 without a written or driving test.
    Why you would have to hold it for 15 months before stepping up to a class 1, I can't see a real good reason unless it has to do with winter weather adjustment, or other.

    If you would like, I could give MPIC a call and find out for you, Monday if I get the chance, if not then Tuesday.

    Any other specific questions you want to ask?
     
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  7. 00Gambit

    00Gambit Bobtail Member

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    Thank you that would be great, very kind of you.
     
  8. x1Heavy

    x1Heavy Road Train Member

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    Nope. Cars mean nothing.

    Thank god.
     
  9. not4hire

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    Yes, your passenger vehicle experience qualifies. You will be able exchange your licence for a full Class 5.

    No, your Class 1 does not transfer, but if it can be verified, your Class 1 experience will be of value to some potential employers when searching for work.

    Manitoba is a Mandatory Entry-Level Training (MELT) province (as are Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario). You will have to take the full course, but you should be eligible for entry into a qualified program immediately due to your full Class 5 status (even though it is a "new" licence).

     
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  10. not4hire

    not4hire Road Train Member

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    I'm a bit confused though. In your other thread you stated you were just going to be taking a driving course and then returning to England to work on your Canadian immigration and employment prospects. If, as noted above, you exchange your licence, then you will be without your English licence when you return home. Does this mean you are immigrating and then taking a MELT course?
     
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