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Understanding the Demerit Points System

Understanding the Demerit Points System

Demerit Points System

Whether you are a new or experienced driver, you may have heard the term “Demerit Points”, however, if you are a new driver you may not know what is meant. Even if you are an experienced driver, you may also not know what is meant. At Trubicars, our goal is to share our knowledge and driving experience with you, this is why we have collected information about how the Demerit Points System works.

Demerit Points

When you get a driver’s licence, you start off with 0 Points on your driving record. When you are convicted of breaking certain traffic laws, demerit points are added to your driving record. Collecting points is NOT a good thing, in fact, it can even lead to losing your driver’s license.

It’s important to note that: Demerit points are not exclusive to Ontario, you can gain demerit points on your Ontario driving record if you violate driving laws in: 

  • Other Canadian Provinces or Territories 
  • The State of New York (In the United States) 
  • The State of Michigan (In the United States)

Violate Driving Laws

Application of Demerit Points: 

The number of Demerit Points added to your driving record will be determined by the type of driving law that you violate.  

Here are some examples of driving law violations and their corresponding points:

You will gain 7 demerit points if you are convicted of

  • Failing to remain at the scene of a collision
  • Failing to stop when signaled by an officer

You will gain 6 demerit points if you are convicted of

  • Careless driving 
  • Racing
  • Exceeding the speed limit by 40km/h+ 
  • Failing to stop for a school bus 

You will gain 4 demerit points if you are convicted of

  • Tailgating (or following too closely)
  • Failing to stop at a pedestrian crosswalk

You will gain 3 demerit points if you are convicted of

  • Driving with a handheld device in your hand 
  • Failing to yield to the right-of-way 
  • Failing to obey a stop sign  
  • Failing to stop or move out of the way of an emergency vehicle  
  • Driving the wrong way on a one-way road

You will gain 2 demerit points if you are convicted of

  • Failing to signal
  • Failing to wear a seatbelt
  • Improper and prohibited turns
  • Failing to obey signs

Penalties 

Penalties

The accumulation of Demerit Points differs for new drivers (G1 license, G2 license, M1 license, and M2 license) and drivers with full licenses, the consequences will also differ depending on how many demerit points you have accumulated.

If you are a new driver and have:

2-5 Points: You will be sent a warning letter

6-8 Points: You will be sent a secondary warning letter urging you to improve your driving habits

9+ points: Your license will be suspended for 60 days

If you hold a full licence and have:

6-8 Points: You will be sent a warning letter

9-14 Points: You will be sent a secondary warning letter urging you to improve your driving habits 

15+ Points: Your license will be suspended for 30 days

Regardless of the type of license that you hold, if your license is suspended you will receive a letter from the Ministry of Transportation that will tell you the effective date of your license suspension. Your license will then have to be surrendered by mailing your license to the Ministry of Transportation or in-person surrender at a Service Ontario location. If you do not surrender your license, you could end up losing your license for two years.

It’s important to remember that driving is a privilege NOT a right. Driving laws are put in place to ensure all drivers follow the rules and are safe behind the wheel. At Trubicars we emphasize to our students that driving is a big responsibility, and it is your duty as an operator of a motorized vehicle to ensure that you, your passengers and other road users are safe. If you are looking for more information on Demerit Points, check out the Trubicars website

Information gathered from: https://www.ontario.ca/page/understanding-demerit-points