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Working hard and doing a good job

Lawyers working hard

The fax machines at our offices in Vancouver and Richmond were working overtime Tuesday as we started receiving a great number of review decisions from the OSMV lifting the interlock requirement for our clients. We've been working hard to call everyone when the review decisions come in. These are long days for us. It's a great pleasure to telephone our clients when the decision comes. Many people have been without a driver's license for what seems like an eternity. Most people tell us that having the interlock requirement removed is the most liberating feeling they've ever experienced. The dark clouds lift...

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Foreshadowing the future of the IRP scheme

It's startling when you read back though our blog posts over the last few years how well we predicted certain developments in the story of the Immediate Roadside Prohibition scheme. We're not patting ourselves on the back here -- we're lucky in that we happen to be in the right position to have been able to predict the next steps of the Government on many occasions. On the other hand, many times our correct foreshadowing the future of the IRP scheme arises because we are driving the narrative with our challenges to the law. Our ability to predict the future came...

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If you still have an interlock

If you still have an interlock

We're working hard to put everything together for the class action. The BC Government wrongly referred a great number of people to complete so-called remedial programs, i.e. get an interlock and go through the RDP. We believe that the Government's wrong and the damage it caused can be remedied by way of a class-action lawsuit. Still, there are many hurdles. And the Government will do everything it can to try and defeat the case. We are trying to think down the road to arguments that the Government will advance. The main argument that we have already decoded is that they intend...

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Interlock class action

Interlock class action

We can confirm that we intend to proceed with an interlock class action lawsuit. For over a year we have been collecting the evidence and doing the legal work necessary to begin an action against the BC Government for people who were wrongly forced to have an interlock and go through the Responsible Driver Program. The Government has acknowledged that they were not following the law. There was no review process and the two programs, IIP and RDP, were made mandatory. We intend to begin three separate lawsuits to deal with the three groups or classes of plaintiffs. We have a...

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It’s official: we can have the interlock requirement lifted

Have the interlock requirement lifted

This is the day you've waited for. It's official - there is now a procedure to dispute the interlock requirement for 90-day IRP and ADP driving prohibitions. Over the years we fielded so many calls from people asking whether they can have the interlock requirement lifted. The Office of the Superintendent of Motor Vehicles said it was mandatory, they made it automatic and they created no review process. But that's not what the law says. For years the OSMV made their own rules with respect to the Interlock and RDP. We challenged this and now they've made an about face. Late...

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Province could end up paying millions in refunds to drunk drivers

Mandatory IIP and RDP

The provincial government has offered $2,000 refunds to hundreds of motorists who received immediate roadside suspensions for drinking and driving. A lawyer for some says the letter is an acknowledgment Victoria should not have additionally penalized all suspended drivers by forcing them to install an ignition breathalyzer lock on their vehicles and attend a responsible driver course. Vancouver lawyer Paul Doroshenko, a leading critic of the controversial three-year-old program, says the move could presage a whopping bill for taxpayers. “Mostly I’m angry that they didn’t simply send cheques,” Doroshenko said. “They seem to know the amount people paid for the interlock and RDP. Instead...

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We win (Updated)

We win

The government announced that they are giving up. They will no longer force everyone to go through the IIP and RDP if they receive a 90-day IRP. They will review old cases with a new review process. They won't force people to pay all of that money if it's not justified. We win. We're gleeful. So much so that we haven't had time to think of the implications. We designed a review process for our clients and the OSMV seems to have adopted the process that we've thrust upon them for the last few months. We have to give credit to the...

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Did you win the IRP lottery?

Win the IRP lottery

The new Superintendent of Motor Vehicles is now writing letters telling people how much money they can get back for being wrongly referred to the IIP (Interlock) and RDP. So far this applies to the people in the 1137. Did you win the IRP lottery? If you already received one of these letters, you might feel that way right now. Feel free to send us a quick thank-you card. It was our efforts and the courage of our clients (the real heroes) that got us to where we are. Right now 1137 people are back on the road without an interlock...

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