Licence Suspensions for Demerit Points
Suspensions Versus Licence Class
Demerit Point Suspensions affect insurance and drivers need to avoid them. Difference classes of drivers licences have suspensions at different point accumulations.
- Class G1 or Class G2 licences – Any one ticket with four (4) or more demerit points
- G1 or G2 licences – Any accumulation of six (6) or more demerit points
- G licences – Any accumulation of nine (9) or more demerit points results in a demerit point interview and possible suspension
- G licences – Any accumulation of fifteen (15) or demerit points
Many driver licence suspensions for demerit points can be avoided by fighting the ticket. When traffic tickets are fought if the ticket cannot be dismissed completely, normally the demerit points can be dropped or reduced thereby avoiding many drivers the threat of a licence suspension.
Demerit Point Interviews
At the demerit point interview the Ministry of Transportation officer will want to discuss your driver abstract history and any convictions for traffic or speeding tickets.
The officers concern is the pattern of bad driving, and to ensure that the driver will take corrective action in their driving.
The Ministry 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 can be revoked at anytime.
At a Demerit Point 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
- Or any other condition the officer may seem reasonable
Insurance and Licence Suspensions
Where any driver receives a demerit point suspension, all insurance companies will dramatically increase the insurance rates for three (3) to five (5) years. The insurance companies believe that drivers who receive a suspension are a higher risk of being in an accident.
When Demerit Points Appear on the Licence
Demerit points are added to the driver’s licence only after the 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 demerit points do not go on the driver record until the court date, which maybe three (3) to twelve (12) months from the offence date, depending upon the court.
Demerit points are kept on the driving record or driving abstract 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 or sometimes called a “line on your abstract” for the traffic ticket 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.