DEMERIT POINTS

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 There is a common misconception amongst public that drivers lose demerit points but the reality is every driver starts off with ‘zero’ (0) demerit points and accumulates demerit points if convicted of an offence.


In Ontario, if an individual is convicted of breaking certain driving laws, he or she will have demerit points added to their driver’s licence. The amount of demerit points added will depend on the offence and will vary on whether you have a full licence or a new driver. 


Fully Licenced Driver’s may accumulate fifteen (15) demerit points and Probationary Driver’s may accumulate six (6) demerit points. Once any individual has accumulated a minimum of nine (9) demerit points the Ministry of Transportation will request a mandatory in-person interview to see whether they should permit the individual to continue driving or suspend they licence. 


If in any case an individual accumulates fifteen (15) demerit points, the Ministry of Transportation will suspend the driver’s licence for thirty days for the first violation and up to six months for any subsequent convictions. 

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If you are convicted of the following offences, two (2) demerit points will be added to your driver’s licence:


· backing on highway

· driver failing to wear a seat belt

· driver failing to ensure that a passenger under 16 years is wearing a seat belt

· driver failing to ensure that a passenger less than 23 kg is properly secured

· driver failing to ensure infant/ child passenger is properly secured in an appropriate child restraint system or booster seat

· failing to signal

· failing to obey signs

· failing to share the road

· failing to lower headlamp beams

· failing to stop at a pedestrian crossing 

· improper left turn

· improper right turn

· improper opening of a vehicle door

· prohibited turns

· towing people — on toboggans, bicycles, skis

unnecessary slow driving 

If you are convicted of the following offences, three (3) demerit points will be added to your driver’s licence:


· crowding the driver's seat

· crossing a divided road where no proper 

   crossing is provided

· driving the wrong way on a divided road

· driving or operating a vehicle on a closed road

· driving while viewing a display screen unrelated 

   to the driving task

· driving while holding or using a hand-held 

   wireless communications or entertainment 

   device 

· driving through, around or under a railway 

   crossing barrier

· exceeding the speed limit by 16 to 29 km/hour

· failing to yield the right-of-way

· failing to report a collision to a police officer

· failing to obey the directions of a police officer

· failing to obey a stop sign, traffic control 

   stop/slow sign, traffic light or railway crossing 

   signal

· failing to slow and carefully pass a stopped 

   emergency vehicle or a tow truck with its 

   amber lights flashing

· failing to move, where possible, into another 

   lane when passing a stopped emergency 

   vehicle or a tow truck with its amber lights 

   flashing

· going the wrong way on a one-way road

· improper passing

· improper use of a high occupancy vehicle lane

· improper driving when road is divided into 

   lanes

If you are convicted of the following offences, four (4) demerit points will be added to your driver’s licence:


· exceeding the speed limit by 30 to 49 km/hour

· following too closely


If you are convicted of the following offences, five (5) demerit points will be added to your driver’s licence:


· failing to stop at an unprotected railway 

   crossing (for bus drivers only)


If you are convicted of the following offences, six (6) demerit points will be added to your driver’s licence:


· careless driving

· exceeding the speed limit by 50 km/hour or 

   more

· failing to stop for a school bus

· racing


If you are convicted of the following offences, seven (7) demerit points will be added to your driver’s licence:


· failing to remain at the scene of a collision

· failing to stop when signaled or asked by a 

  police officer

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