Class G1 Licence Holders
Demerit Points for Class G1 Drivers
G1 drivers are not allowed to be convicted of any traffic ticket that has 4 or more demerit points such as:
- speeding more than 29km/h
- following too closely
- careless driving
Where a G1 driver pays or is convicted of one of these offences the drivers licence will be suspended for thirty (30) days.
The Ministry of Transport will notify the driver by sending them a letter in the mail after the conviction has been registered.
The suspension is for 30 days and starts on the day the driver attends a service ontario location and surrenders the licence.
After the thirty (30) days have past the driver may return to the Service Ontario office and pay a reinstatement fee of 281 dollars and the licence will be reinstated.
Any licence suspension will dramatically affect insurance rates for three (3) years.
G1 Drivers Licence Conditions
G1 License holders who breach any of the conditions and are convicted of the offence will be suspended from driving for thirty (30) days for a first offence.
These offences have mandatory licence suspensions for G1 Drivers:
- driver with alcohol in blood
- more passengers than there are seatbelts
- not having a class G licence holder who has 4 years experience in the front seat of the motor vehicle
- driving on a 400 series highways, (highways with speeds in excess of 80km/h)
- driving in excess of 29km/h
- driving between 12am and 6am
- using a use a cell phone
G1 Drivers Conviction Penalties
The penalty for violating the Class G1 licence rules are:
- a fine from one hundred and ten (110) to five hundred (500) dollars
- thirty (30) day licence suspension
- any applicable demerit points
- dramatic insurance increases
Any conviction for violating a class G1 Drivers licence will result in a dramatic increase to the insurance rates for up to three (3) years.
Where the police find a G1 licence holder in violation any of the conditions, the police may remove the driver and tow the vehicle.
G1 Drivers and Speeding Tickets
G1 drivers accumulate points in the same manner as other driver licence classes for speeding tickets, but have lower thresholds where upon licence suspensions occur. The penalty for speeding in addition to any fine are:
- 0 to 15km/h – fine only, no demerits, no licence suspension
- 16km/h to 29km/h – fine and three (3) demerits, no licence suspension
- 30km/h to 49km/h – fine and four (4) demerits, 30 day licence suspension
- over 50km/h – fine, six (6) demerits,
- immediate seven day suspension
- vehicle impoundment for seven (7) days
- thirty (30) day to two (2) year licence suspension
- high risk insurance rates for 3-5 years
Any speeding ticket will affect the insurance rates. Any accumulation of speeding tickets will make the driver uninsurable with further and increasing licence suspensions.
G1 licence holders accumulate points from traffic tickets like all drivers, but the threshold before a licence suspension is dramatically lower.
- Speeding for thirty (30) kilometres or more than the speed limit – four (4) demerit points.
- Following Too Closely – four (4) demerit points.
- Careless Driving – six (6) demerit points.
- Fail to Remain at the Scene of an Accident – six (6) demerit points.
- Stunt Driving – seven (7) demerit points
G1 drivers convicted of traffic tickets, who receive demerit points or are involved in accidents will learn that many insurance companies will be hesitant to offer insurance. The insurance for a G1 driver will very expensive or the driver will be placed in “high risk insurance” rates.
Escalating Licence Suspensions
Any conviction for a G1 Novice driver offence will result in a thirty (30) day licence suspension for a first offence.
Addition convictions are dealt with by an escalating suspension for six (6) months e.g. if convicted a second time the drivers licence suspension would be for six (6) months.
After the suspension period has past the driver will be required to pay a one hundred and eighty (180) drivers licence reinstatement fee to the Ministry of Transport.