Starting tomorrow, ICBC can now revoke an individual’s driver’s license if they owe over $3,000 in child or spousal support payments.
ICBC’s new authority is part of an amendment made to the Family Maintenance Enforcement Program (FMEP), which is responsible for disbursing support payments in the province.
Before the amendment, ICBC only had the power to refuse a driver’s license renewal. But, since renewals are only required once every five years, FMEP expanded the insurance company’s powers to include license cancellations.
The amendment also includes changes that will help paying parents make repayment arrangements sooner, and with more manageable payment plans.
FMEP was first created in 1988 and since then, the program has distributed over $4 billion to families and children in BC.