Gaining or Loosing Demerit Points?
MTO adds demerit points to drivers' record when found guilty of an infraction related to driving a motorised vehicule.
It is a common misconception that drivers "lose" points due to convictions for certain traffic offences. In fact, a driver begins with zero demerit points and accumulates demerit points for convictions.
Demerit points stay on your record for two years from the offence date. If you collect enough points, you can lose your driver′s licence.
Below is a table outlining the demerit point penalties for driving offences :
2 Demerit Points
- Improper right turn
- Improper left turn
- Improper opening of a vehicle door
- Prohibited turns
- Towing people — on toboggans, bicycles, skis
- Unnecessary slow driving
- Backing on highway
- Failing to lower headlamp beams
- Failing to obey signs
- Failing to stop at a pedestrian crossing
- Failing to share the road
- Failing to signal
- Driver failing to wear a seat belt
- Driver failing to ensure infant/child passenger is properly secured in an appropriate child restraint system or booster seat
- Driver failing to ensure that a passenger less than 23 kg is properly secured
- Driver failing to ensure that a passenger under 16 years is wearing a seat belt
3 Demerit Points
- Driving while holding or using a hand-held wireless communications or entertainment device
- Driving while viewing a display screen unrelated to the driving task
- Exceeding the speed limit by 16 to 29 km/hour
- Driving through, around or under a railway crossing barrier
- Driving the wrong way on a divided road
- Driving or operating a vehicle on a closed road
- Failing to yield the right-of-way
- Failing to obey a stop sign, traffic control stop/slow sign, traffic light or railway crossing signal
- Failing to obey the directions of a police officer
- Failing to report a collision to a police officer
- 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
- Improper passing
- Improper driving when road is divided into lanes
- Improper use of a high occupancy vehicle lane
- Going the wrong way on a one-way road
- Crossing a divided road where no proper crossing is provided
- Crowding the driver's seat
4 Demerit Points
- Exceeding the speed limit by 30 to 49 km/h
- Following too closely
5 Demerit Points
- Driver of a bus failing to stop at an unprotected railway crossing
6 Demerit Points
- Careless Driving
- Racing – Stunt driving
- Exceeding the speed limit by 50 km/h or more
- Failing to stop for a school bus
7 Demerit Points
- Failing to remain at the scene of a collision
- Failing to stop when signaled/requested by a police officer
Ontario Demerit Points and New Drivers
As a Class G1, G2, M1 or M2 driver, if you get two or more demerit points, you will be sent a warning letter. At six points, you may have to go to an interview to discuss your record. If you don′t attend, your licence may be suspended.
At nine points, your licence will be suspended for 60 days. After the suspension, the number of points on your record will be reduced to four. Any additional points could again bring you to the interview level. If you reach nine points again, your licence can be suspended for six months.
Ontario Demerit Points and Fully Licensed Drivers Ontario
As a fully licensed driver, if you get six demerit points, you will be informed about your driving record.
At nine points, you may have to go to an interview to discuss your record and give reasons why your licence should not be suspended. You may also have to complete a driver re-examination (vision, knowledge and road tests). If you fail, your licence will be cancelled.
If you fail to attend an interview, or fail to give good reasons for keeping your licence, your licence may be suspended.
At 15 or more points, your licence will be suspended for 30 days from the date you surrender it to the Ministry of Transportation for the first suspension. You can lose your licence for up to two years if you fail to surrender your licence.
After the suspension, the number of points on your record will be reduced to seven. Any extra points could again bring you to the interview level. If you reach 15 points again, your licence will be suspended for six months.
How Do I Avoid Gaining Demerit Points?
The best way, irreprochable driving habits! Even then, things do happen...