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Demerit Points

How the Demerit system works:

1. Fully licensed drivers (New drivers must complete a minimum of twenty months under the Graduated Licensing Program before becoming fully licensed – no less than eight months as G-1 Driver and no less than 12 months as a G-2 Driver) 

     When you accumulate 6 demerit points, you will be inform about your record and urged to improve your driving habits. 

     When you accumulate 9 points, you may have to go to an interview to discuss your record and give reasons why your licence should not be suspended. You may also have to complete a driver re-examination. If you fail this test, your licence can be canceled. If you fail to attend an interview, or fail to give good reasons for keeping your licence, your     licence may be suspended 

     When you accumulate 15 points your licence is suspended for 30 days after you hand over your licence to
the Ministry of Transportation.  
 

If you fail to surrender your licence to the Ministry, you may lose your licence for up to two years. 

     After the suspension, the number of points on your driver's record will be reduced to 7. Any extra points could again bring you to the interview level. 

     If you reach 15 points again, your licence will be suspended for six months. 

2. New driver's (G1-M1 and G2-M2)

As a level one or level two driver, your licence will be suspended if you collect nine or more points during a two-year
period.

     When you accumulate 2 points the Ministry will mail to you a warning.
     When you accumulate 6 points the Ministry will call you for an interview
    When you accumulate 9 demerit points, your licence is automatically suspended for 60 days from the time  you 
hand it over to the Ministry of Transportation. You will be reminded of this by letter from the Ministry

If you fail to surrender your licence to the Ministry, you may lose your licence for up to two years.

     When the suspension is over, the number of points will be reduced to 4. Any extra points will bring you to the
interview level. If you reach 9 points again your licence will be suspended for 6 months.

POINTS & OFFENCES

Demerit points remain on your driving record for two years from the date of the offence
 

7

Failing to remain at the scene of accident 

6

Careless driving 
Racing 
Exceeding speed limit by 50 km/h or more 
Failing to stop for a school bus 

5

Driver of bus failing to stop at unprotected railway crossing 

4

Exceeding speed limit by 30 to 49 km/h 
Following too closely 

3

Exceeding speed limit by 16 to 29 km/h 
Driving through, around or under railway crossing barrier 
Failing to yield right of way Improper passing 
Failing to obey a stop sign, signal traffic light or railway crossing signal Failing to obey directions of police officer 
Driving the wrong way on a divided road 
Failing to report a collision to a police officer 
Improper driving where highway divided into lanes 
Crowding driver's seat 
Wrong way on one-way road 
Driving or operating a vehicle on a closed road 
Crossing a divided road where no proper crossing is provided 

2

Failing to lower headlight beam Failing to signal 
Improper opening of a vehicle door 
Prohibited Turns 
Towing persons -- on toboggans, sleds, bicycles, skis, for example 
Failing to obey signs other than those listed for demerit points above 
Failing to stop at a pedestrian crossing 
Failing to share road 
Improper right turn 
Improper left turn 
Failing to signal 
Unnecessary slow driving. 
Reversing on a divided high-speed road 
Driver failing to wear a seat belt 
Driver failing to ensure that a passenger less than 23 Kg is wearing a seat belt 
Driver failing to ensure a passenger under 16 years of age is wearing a 
seat belt 

Demerit points remain on your driving record for two years from the date of the offence