Class G Driver Licences
Demerit Points for G licences
Class G driver licences are allowed to accumulate eight (8) points without issue.
The Ministry of Transportation (MTO) may send warning notices when the driver is convicted of a traffic ticket.
Upon a G driver reaching nine (9) points the ministry will send the driver a notice requiring them to attend at the Ministry of Transport for an interview regarding their driving habits.
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Demerit Point Interviews
When called to attend for an interview the G1 driver must attend or the Ministry will suspended the drivers licence until the driver appears for the meeting.
The drivers licence interview is meeting between the driver and a representative from the Ministry of Transport.
Where you are required to attend this meeting the interviewer will want to discuss your driving habits and why you are receiving demerit points.
Where the G1 driver takes a conciliatory attitude the interviewer will caution the driver and advise them that should they receive any further demerits that the MTO will suspend the licence.
Accumulating Points for Traffic Tickets.
Demerit points are accumulated, not lost.
You gain the points from moving traffic violations, not that demerits are taken away from the licence.
Demerit points are not put on the driving abstract until either the driver pays the ticket or is convicted a the court. Most drivers can remove or reduce the demerits by fighting their traffic tickets.
Demerit Point Interviews
At a drivers licence interview the ministry officer will want to discuss your driver abstract history and any convictions for traffic tickets.
The officer’s concern will be a pattern of bad driving, to ensure that the driver will take corrective action in their driving habits
The officer will want to impress upon the driver that driving in Ontario is a privilege not a right and the ability to drive on the roadways as a class G driver can be revoked at anytime.
At the interview the Ministry officer can;
- Suspend the drivers licence for thirty (30) to sixty (60) days,
- Counsel the driver about their driving habits,
- Place conditions upon the driver e.g. if they receive one more ticket the licence will be suspended, and
- Any other condition the officer may seem reasonable.
When Points Appear on a Class G Driver Licences
Demerits are added to the driver’s licence only after the class G driver has been convicted of the traffic ticket, or the driver pays the ticket.
Drivers can reduce the amount of time demerits are on the driving record by applying for a trial date. The points do not go on the driver record until after the court date, which maybe three (3) to twelve (12) months from the offence date, depending upon the court.
Points are kept on a class G drivers licence for two (2) years from the date the driver received the ticket, but the demerit points only go on the driving record upon conviction or payment.
The conviction for a G driver is sometimes called a “line on your abstract”. The conviction goes on the driving record for 3 years from the court date, or 3 years from the date the ticket was paid.
Class G drivers licence holders are allowed to accumulated a total of 15 demerit points.