Ontario is restarting passenger road tests in most DriveTest Centres across the province, the government announced on Friday.
But the province said road tests will not be starting in public health unit regions still subject to a Stay at Home order – Toronto, Peel, York and North Bay Parry Sound – or in regions in Grey-Lockdown zones, such as Niagara Region.
Strict public health and workplace safety measures will be in place for all in-vehicle passenger road tests to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
“As we safely and gradually transition out of the province-wide shutdown and return to the COVID-19 Response Framework, it’s important that we ensure drivers are able to get tested in order to keep our roads and highways safe,” said Transportation Minister Caroline Mulroney in a statement.
“For those who book an appointment, I strongly urge you to follow all public health and workplace safety requirements when visiting a DriveTest centre to protect yourself, staff and other clients.”
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According to the province, applicants living in a region subject to the Stay at Home order, or in a Grey-Lockdown zone, can’t book an in-person road test at a DriveTest centre in another region. And if they do, they’ll be turned away.
The DriveTest centres in regions still subject to the Stay at Home order are located in Brampton, Downsview, Etobicoke, Metro East, Mississauga, Newmarket, North Bay, Port Union and St. Catharines. These DriveTest centres along with those in all other regions remain open for essential indoor services, such as knowledge tests, with capacity limits and COVID-19 preventative measures in place.
If any region is moved back into Grey-Lockdown, in-vehicle passenger road testing will be “immediately suspended” and all road tests will be cancelled. Customers will receive a credit on the system so they can rebook a test when their region reopens.