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Ignition Interlock

The Ignition Interlock Program provides early reinstatement of driving privileges to drivers that are currently suspended due to impaired (alcohol and/or drug) driving suspension.

What is the Ignition Interlock Program?
Ignition Interlock is a remedial program for drivers who have received impaired driving suspensions.

  • The program is mandatory for conviction dates on or after June 27, 2014
  • An ignition interlock device prevents a driver from operating a vehicle if they have alcohol in their body
  • Participants are required to have a device installed in every vehicle they drive
  • Drivers are responsible for all installation and maintenance costs

Who can appeal?
There are 2 types of ignition interlock appeals:

  1. Extension appeals - If SGI extends your ignition interlock period due to a program violation, you have the right to appeal SGI’s decision to the Highway Traffic Board (HTB).
  2. Exemption appeals - If SGI does not grant you an exemption after application, you have the right to appeal SGI’s decision to the HTB.

1. Extension appeals
You are appealing the extension of the ignition interlock period. Please note that a termination that is initiated by the service provider cannot be appealed to the HTB.

Filing an ignition interlock appeal
To have your appeal heard, you must:

  • visit any SGI motor licence issuer
  • purchase an Ignition Interlock Appeal Receipt for $100. As of January 1, 2017 this receipt will increase to $175
  • submit a letter and a copy of the receipt to the HTB by fax, email or mail

The letter requires the following information:

  • detailed account of what happened so the HTB has all the information to understand the circumstances
  • daytime phone number and email address so the HTB can contact you to set up a hearing date and time

Scheduling an appeal hearing
Once the HTB has received the receipt and letter from you, they will request that SGI provide the HTB with the monitoring information that was received from the ignition interlock provider. You will then be contacted by the HTB with a hearing date and time.

Ignition interlock appeal hearings are conducted in person and take place in Regina or Saskatoon.

Information the HTB will consider
Board members will consider the following information:

  • SGI driver information
  • ignition interlock monitoring information

What to expect at the hearing
You will appear in-person before 3 board members. The hearing is informal, scheduled during the day and will take approximately 30 minutes of your time.

The board members will:

  • ask you questions regarding the action taken by SGI against your driver’s licence;
  • determine whether you are suffering from exceptional hardship; and
  • make a decision on what is in the public’s best interest.

Decisions
The HTB can either maintain or reverse SGI’s decision. After the hearing, a letter will be sent to you by mail within 1 week advising you of the HTB’s decision. Decisions reached by the HTB are final.

2. Exemption Appeals

SGI may exempt a person from the requirement to participate in an Ignition Interlock program. An exemption provides individuals who are unable to fulfill the program requirements with an opportunity to get their licence reinstated.

Who can appeal?
If SGI denies your application for an exemption to an Ignition Interlock requirement, you have the right to appeal SGI’s decision to the HTB.

What am I appealing?
You are appealing SGI’s decision to deny your application for an ignition interlock exemption.

Filing an ignition interlock exemption appeal
To have your appeal heard, you must:

  • Visit any SGI motor licence issuer
  • Purchase an Ignition Interlock Exemption Appeal Receipt for $100. As of January 1, 2017 this receipt will increase to $175
  • Submit a letter and a copy of the receipt to the HTB by fax, email or mail

The letter requires the following information:

  • Detailed explanation as to why you’re appealing SGI’s decision and why you feel you meet the ignition interlock exemption criteria
  • You’re daytime phone number and email address so the HTB can contact you to set up the hearing date and time

Scheduling an appeal hearing
Once the HTB has received the receipt and letter from you, they will request that SGI provide the HTB with the supporting documents you supplied when you applied for the exemption. You will then be contacted by the HTB with a hearing date and time.

Ignition interlock exemption appeal hearings are conducted in person and take place in Regina and Saskatoon.

Information the HTB will consider
Board members will consider the following information:

  • A copy of the supporting documents you provided to SGI when you applied for your exemption
  • Any other information SGI submits to the HTB to review
  • Any additional information you would like to provide the HTB to review prior to your hearing

What to expect at the hearing
You will appear in-person before 3 board members. The hearing is informal, scheduled during the day and will take approximately 30 minutes of your time.

The sole issue before the board is whether you meet the requirements for exemption. The requirements for an exemption are as follows:

  • Your permanent residence is at least 500 kilometres from the closest ignition interlock provider; OR
  • The ignition interlock provider is unable to access your vehicle from any remote service location; OR
  • You are medically incapable of using an ignition interlock device; OR
  • The ignition interlock provider is, for mechanical reasons, unable to install an ignition interlock device in your vehicle; OR
  • You do not own a vehicle or have access to a vehicle

The board members will:

  • Review your ignition interlock exemption application
  • Review your letter explaining why you’re appealing SGI’s decision
  • Ask you questions regarding your circumstances
  • Make a decision regarding the ignition interlock exemption

Decisions
The HTB can either uphold SGI’s decision or reverse SGI’s decision. After the hearing, a letter will be sent to you by mail within one (1) week of the HTB’s decision. Decisions reached by the HTB are final.

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