Ontario to reopen DriveTest centres next week

Jun 19 2020, 7:18 am

Ontario’s driver testing services provider, DriveTest, will begin offering limited services across the province beginning early next week.

Starting Monday, June 22, the “gradual, staggered approach,” based on customer date of birth, will ensure that strict protocols are in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“As Ontario continues to gradually and safely reopen, reopening DriveTest centres will help get more people back to everyday life,” Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation, said in a statement.

“By resuming driver testing in a phased, staggered approach, important health and safety measures, such as physical distancing and extensive cleaning, can be maintained.”

According to the province, DriveTest centres will begin serving customers based on when they were born to reduce crowding, support new requirements for physical distancing, health checks, and enhanced sanitation.

People with birthdays between January to June will be allowed to visit a centre in the first week of reopening, and people with birthdays between July to December will have access to DriveTest services the following week.

And, access to DriveTest services will continue to alternate weekly until full services are restored in September.

In the first phase, all 56 full-time DriveTest centres will reopen on Monday for G1 and M1 knowledge tests, driver’s licence exchanges and commercial driver’s licence applications and upgrades.

Commercial road tests will also be available by appointment at 28 locations across Ontario.

“We encourage applicants to be patient when visiting a centre and hold off visiting DriveTest where possible to support physical distancing and reduce crowding,” said Mulroney.

“We have extended the validity of all driver’s licences, so we would ask that everyone hold off on visiting a DriveTest centre unless the need for a driver’s licence is urgent. I can assure you that no one will lose their licence as a result of COVID-19.”

There will also be enhanced safety protocols which include requiring customers to wear face coverings inside centres and during road tests, sanitize their hands when they enter the building and undergo temperature checks before road tests.

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

Details of the DriveTest reopening plan, which outline the driver testing services available, how to access DriveTest centres, and which customers are being served each week, will be updated every Monday on DriveTest.ca.

Since March 23, all 56 DriveTest centres and 39 Travel Point locations have been closed in response to the pandemic.

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