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What Happens if You Get Caught Driving Alone with a G1 License?

The licensing system in Ontario has 12 categories of license as per MTO. You need to complete each level and the first one is a G1 license. When you drive safe and keep a clean record then it is easy to graduate to next level which is G2 and then a full G. If you intend to drive a passenger vehicle, you may require a G series license in Ontario. The G1 license is more like a learner permit to start gaining driving experience in Ontario. There are many restrictions for a G1 driver to enable road safety at all times. A G1 driver is expected to always be accompanied by a fully licensed G license holder with at least 4 years driving experience. In case you are caught driving alone without supervision, you may be fined with a ticket of $110 and a 30 days suspension of license. However, there may not be any demerit points added to the license as per MTO.

Demerit points for G1 license holders:

If you are a novice driver with a G1 license then you may face consequences for collecting demerit points at each level. The demerit points that you collect does stay on your driving record for up to 2 years from the date of the offence. Eventually, collecting more demerit points could be the reason to suspend or cancel your G1 license. The breakdown of actions that could be taken against you if you fail to abide by the rules for a G1 driver is mentioned as below:

Equal to 2 – 5 demerit points: As a G1 driver you may get a warning letter.

Equal to 6 – 8 demerit points: Your G1 license could get suspended. You may also receive a letter from the Ministry asking you to attend an interview. The notice will have the location and time of your interview and you have to pay $50 charge for your interview. You may pay this fee in person at any Service Ontario location. If you don’t, your license may the cancelled. This is to discuss your unsafe road habits and violation of rules. It is very important that you attend this meeting and to justify that your G1 license may not be suspended.

Equal to 9 or more demerit points: Your G1 license may get suspended for up to 60 days. The Ministry of Transportation will send you a warning letter to inform about this suspension. This letter will warn of the effective date of suspension. You will also be asked to surrender your license. In case you fail to surrender your G1 license then it could get suspended for 2 years. You may surrender your G1 license using either of the two methods. You may surrender your G1 license in person at any Service Ontario site. Or you may mail your G1 license to the Ministry of Transportation. You are not allowed to surrender a suspended G1 license at a Drive Test centre.

What Limitations Do G1 Drivers Have While Driving In Ontario

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In Ontario, there are many rules that a G1 driver has to follow as mentioned below:

  • It is an absolute necessity that G1 drivers have 0 BAC while driving a vehicle on the roads. The supervision must be done by an experienced G license holder seated in the front passenger area. The accompanying driving may not have more than 0.05% BAC.
  • It is important that when a G1 license holder is driving, the passenger seat belts are sufficient for each passenger and is working properly. This ensures everyone’s safety in case there is an accident.
  • There is a restriction for a G1 driver to drive on 400 series highways. This does not change if the G licensed driver is present with them. In case the G1 driver is accompanied by a certified driving instructor in Ontario only then they could do so.
  • G1 driver has a limitation to drive between 12 midnight and 5 am.

Do You Need Insurance To Drive In Ontario As A G1 Driver

Yes. It is mandatory for all motorists to have active car insurance when they drive in Ontario. But, as a G1 driver, it is not very easy to get insurance. IBC does not allow G1 drivers to be named on an insurance policy as the main policyholder. So it may be a good idea to be named on someone else’s policy in your household, such as your parents with G license. In order to register a vehicle, it is required to have insurance. The policy may not have a G1 driver as the principal policyholder.

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Driving Without Insurance in Canada

Can I Drive a Car in Ontario Without Insurance?

3 Comments

  1. Simon June 11, 2020 at 6:18 am - Reply

    Hi I have a question, let’s say I have my g1 but the person accompanying me hasn’t had their g license for four years what happens if I get pulled over?

  2. Gerald Cummings July 19, 2020 at 1:26 pm - Reply

    Here’s a question that they, the MTO, nor anybody else on this planet can answer, simply because they do not know the answer. In 1987, I asked a doctor who WAS my doctor ten years previous to this event…I asked this man to do an MTO medical exam package in order for me to take a Heavy Equipment Operator & Dump Truck Driver Course…I had a job lined up after I completed the course. The doctor had me fail the medical he did not even do…he had me sign the BLANK MTO forms, that were supposed to be filled in by physician first, THEN signed by patient…nothing that resembled a “physical examination” ever took place…notta…after signing the BLANK forms, the doctor said “Good luck in the course.” After spending half of the three month course some 850 miles from my town, I was forced to quit, return home only to receive a letter from the MTO stating that my GM driver’s license was indefinitely suspended…that was 1987. I haven’t worked since 1987, and nobody believes it even happened that way. I thought the MTO, and doctors, were out to help us…after paying almost $750 to the Freedom of Information Act, and the MTO Tribunal Fee, in 2012, TWENTY FIVE YEARS LATER, they couldn’t tell me why they suspended my license, so they said they’d give it back…they never gave it back…it is all bullshit.That was the absolute worst thing that ever happened to me in my life.

  3. Dave December 30, 2020 at 10:54 am - Reply

    The answer is stated in the article above. It is the same as driving alone as you companion driver does not meet the requirements. The question is would the officer check that close and would they fine you or just give you a warning if they did notice the less than 4 years experience.

    “In case you are caught driving alone without supervision, you may be fined with a ticket of $110 and a 30 days suspension of license.”

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