Demerit points are added to your driver’s license, if you are convicted of breaking certain driving laws. Points are typically applied after driving offenses are committed, and cancelled a defined time, typically a few years, afterwards, or after other conditions are met. If the total exceeds a specified limit the offender may be disqualified from driving for a time, or the driving license may be revoked. Fines and other penalties may be applied additionally, either for an offense or after a certain number of points have been accumulated.
The following table defines Ministry Of Transportation (MTO) demerit points list in Ontario province .
|Demerit Points||Traffic act offenses|
|7 points||- Failing to stop for police. - Failing to remain at the scene of a collision.|
|6 points||- Careless driving. - Racing. - Exceeding speed limit by 50km/h or more. - Failing to stop for a school bus with red lights flashing.|
|5 points||- Driver of bus or public vehicle failing to stop at railway crossings.|
|4 points||- Exceeding speed limit by 30 to 49 km/h. - Following too closely.|
|3 points||- Exceeding speed limit by 16 to 29 km/h. - Driving through, around or under a railway crossing barrier. - Failing to obey a stop sign, traffic signal or railway crossing signal. - Failing to obey directions of a police officer. - Driving the wrong way on a divided road. - Failing to slow and carefully pass a stopped emergency vehicle. - Failing to move, where possible, into another lane when passing a stopped emergency vehicle. - Fail to stop on right/nearest curb/nearest edge of roadway for emergency vehicle. - Follow fire vehicle too closely. - Failing to report a collision to Police. - Improper driving/passing where road is divided into lanes. - Crowding the driver's seat. - Going the wrong way on a one way road. - Driving or operating a vehicle on a closed road. - Crossing a divided road where no proper passing is provided. - Using or carrying a speed measuring warning device e.g radar detector. - Improper use of High-Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane. - Failing to stop a pedestrian crossing. - Failing to obey school crossing stop sign. - Failing to obey a traffic control / stop sign.|
|2 points||- Failing to lower headlight beam. - Backing on a highway. - Improper opening of a vehicle door. - Prohibited turns. - Towing people - on toboggans, bicycles,etc. - Failing to obey. - Failing to share the road. - Improper right and left turns. - Failing to signal. - Unnecessary slow driving. - Driver failing to ensure an infant/toddler/child is properly secured in appropriate child car seat or booster seat. - Driver failing to ensure passenger under 16 years is properly wearing a seat belt.|
Demerit Point Suspensions (Fully Licensed Drivers).
- At 6 points you are advised of your driving record.
- At 9 points you may be required to attend an interview.
- At 15 points your license will be suspended for 30 days from the date you hand it over to the Ministry of Transportation. You can lose your license for up to two years if you fail to do so.
After the suspension, the number of demerit points on your driver’s record will be reduced to seven. Any extra points could again bring you to the interview level.If you reach 15 points again, your license will be suspended for six months.
Demerit Point Suspensions (Novice Drivers “G1,G2,M1,M2″).
- A warning letter is sent to you after two or more points.
- At 6 points you may be required to attend an interview.
- At 9 points your license will be suspended for 60 days.
After the suspension, the number of demerit points on your driver’s record will be reduced to four. Any extra points could again bring you to the interview level.If you reach 15 points again, your license will be suspended for six months.