demerit point system

Certain driving related offences come with demerit points, a system managed and operated by the Ontario Ministry of Transportation. When convicted of most offences under the Highway Traffic Act, drivers accrue demerit points.

Every licenced driver in Ontario begins with zero points. From then on, depending upon convictions, points are acquired. For example:

A fully licenced driver acquiring 6 demerit points will be informed by the Ministry of Transportation as to their driving record. You may have to attend an interview and explain why you should retain your driver's licence. Failure to attend the interview may result in a licence suspension.

At 9 demerit points, the driver may have to attend an interview and explain why their driver’s licence should not be suspended and the driver may be re-tested. Failing the test will result in a cancellation of the licence.

Failing to attend the interview or failing to provide valid reasons for keeping the driver’s licence may result in licence suspension.

15 demerit points will result in a 30-day suspension. Failure to surrender the licence upon suspension may result in suspension of up to two years.

Short Description of Offences Demerit Points
Failing to remain at scene of accident 7
Driver failing to stop when signalled or requested to stop by a police officer 7
Careless driving 6
Racing 6
Speeding - exceeding speed limit by 50 km/h or more 6
Speeding - exceeding speed limit by 30 to 49 km/h 4
Speeding - exceeding speed limit by 16 to 29 km/h 3
Driver of public vehicle or school bus failing to stop at railway crossings 5
Driving through, around or under railway crossing barrier 3
Failing to yield right of way 3
Failing to obey a stop sign, signal light or railway crossing signal 3
Failing to obey directions of police constable 3
Driving or operating a vehicle on a closed highway 3
Failing to report an accident 3
Improper passing 3
Improper driving where highway divided into lanes 3
Failing to stop for school bus 6
Following too closely 4
Crowding driver's seat 3
Drive wrong way - divided highway 3
Cross divided highway - no proper crossing provided 3
Wrong way in one way street or highway 3
Backing on highway 2
Pedestrian crossover 2
Failing to share road 2
Improper right turn 2
Improper left turn 2
Failing to signal 2
Unnecessary slow driving 2
Failing to lower headlamp beam 2
Improper opening of vehicle door 2
Prohibited turns 2
Towing of persons on toboggans, bicycles, skis, etc., prohibited 2
Failing to obey signs prescribed by regulation under subsection 182 (1) 2
Driver failing to wear complete seat belt assembly 2
Driver failing to ensure passenger under 16 years wears complete seat belt assembly 2
Driver failing to ensure child passenger under 23 kilograms occupies position with seat belt assembly 2
Driver failing to ensure infant passenger is secured as prescribed 2
Driver failing to ensure toddler passenger is secured as prescribed 2
Driver failing to ensure child passenger is secured as prescribed 2
Failing to slow down and proceed with caution when approaching stopped emergency vehicle 3
Failing to move into another lane when approaching stopped emergency vehicle-if safe to do 3

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