Driving road tests to resume in Ontario starting next week

Sep 3 2020, 3:02 pm

The Ontario government is expanding driver testing services across the province starting next week, following strict health protocols.

On Thursday, the province announced starting September 8, Ontarians will be able to book class G road tests and access all classes of driver testing services at DriveTest centres.

“Our government has taken great care to ensure the health and safety of staff and customers as DriveTest centres have gradually reintroduced services,” Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation, said in a statement.

“The resumption of full driver testing services at DriveTest centres will help more people to get back to work as our province continues to reopen.”

All full-time DriveTest centres will be offering all of their services with restrictions removed, such as knowledge tests being accessible only by birth month.

Some examples of resumed services include: class G1 and M1 knowledge tests and driver’s licence exchanges and upgrades, on a first come, first served basis.

And services by appointment only include: class G2 and class G road tests; class M2 and class M motorcycle road tests; and commercial driver road tests for all classes of commercial driver’s licences.

“Part-time Travel Point locations will continue to reopen for driver examination services as the shared facilities they are located in become available for public use. People can visit DriveTest.ca to receive the most up to date information,” the release says.

The Ontario government is also asking that DriveTest continues to require customers to wear face coverings inside centres and during road tests, sanitize their hands when they enter the building and submit to temperature checks and screening questions for those taking road tests.

Exceptions will be made for those taking motorcycle road tests and for people with a medical condition or a disability.

And all DriveTest staff will wear PPE when serving customers and driver examiners will also be equipped with face shields, sanitizer packages and seat covers when conducting road tests.

Also, unless absolutely necessary, the government is asking for residents to hold off going to the centres to avoid overcrowding.

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