Ontario cancels driving tests for regions in COVID-19 lockdown

Nov 26 2020, 10:16 pm

The Government of Ontario announced it has cancelled all in-vehicle road tests in regions that are in the Grey – Lockdown zone.

The decision applies to all road tests in the City of Toronto and Peel Region. It includes DriveTest centres in Brampton, Downsview, Etobicoke, Metro East, Mississauga, and Port Union, the government said in a release.

Although the announcement was made on November 26, it has been in effect since November 23.

“This action is being taken to help prevent the spread of COVID-19,” the government said. “Toronto or Peel Region residents may not book a road test at a DriveTest centre in another region.”

As of November 30, DriveTest centres across the province will not allow people from the areas in lockdown to take a road test in a region at a lower level. This applies to tests that have already been booked.

“We know that these measures will result in some people experiencing longer wait times for road tests,” said Caroline Mulroney, the Minister of Transportation.

“However, these are unprecedented times and our number one priority is the health and safety of individuals, families and workers.”

The government said people will not be penalized for cancelling their road tests and will receive a credit in the DriveTest system.

DriveTest centres in lockdown regions will remain open for indoor services, including written tests, with reduced capacity. In-vehicle tests can be rebooked once a region moves out of lockdown.

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