What’s new for senior drivers

On June 9th the Ontario government announced that in-vehicle passenger road tests would resume on Monday, June 14, 2021, at DriveTest centres across the province.

To address the backlog of road tests resulting from COVID-19 restrictions, road testing capacity was increased by hiring 167 additional driver examiners while introducing extended hours for in-vehicle passenger road tests (class G1/G2). As part of the province’s Roadmap to Reopen, in-vehicle passenger road testing resumed with safety protocols in place at all DriveTest centres across Ontario.

To address the backlog of passenger road tests, Ontario boosted road testing capacity provincewide by hiring 167 additional temporary driver examiners, increasing support staff, expanding road testing hours, and introducing Saturday and Sunday road tests at locations where the demand is highest. Driver examiners are assigned to DriveTest centres across the province.

To book your road test, please visit DriveTest.ca. DriveTest.ca is the only official channel for booking a road test.  You can also call 1-888-570-6110 to book a test.  With comments or questions call this number 1-800-489-8450.

Road tests will be available by appointment only. If you already have a road test appointment booked, it will be honoured. If you need to book a road test, visit DriveTest.ca. Due to the high demand for road test appointments, the government release said that it is not possible to prioritize customers with cancelled appointments. As measures to address the backlog come online, additional road test appointments will be made available. Continue to check DriveTest.ca for new blocks of road test appointments.

To protect the health and safety of DriveTest customers and staff, customers are required to wear face masks inside centres and during road tests, sanitize their hands, complete the Patron/customer screening developed by the province and share their “passed” results prior to road test or admittance to the centre. Road test applicants may be required to provide a contact phone number should contact tracing be required. Applicants are required to keep vehicle windows open to ensure proper airflow.

All DriveTest staff will wear appropriate personal protective equipment when serving customers, and driver examiners will also be equipped with face shields, sanitizer packages and seat covers when conducting road tests.

-Debbie MacDonald Moynes