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Demerit Point System

I think you’ll agree with me when I say:

Understanding the demerit point system can be a very difficult task.

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I promise by the end of this post you will have a full understanding of demerit points and the demerit point system.

This post is going to explain what exactly is the demerit point system, how demerit points are applied to your licence, and how many demerit points are associated with your traffic ticket.

What is a Demerit System:

The Demerit Point System in Ontario is a way for the Ontario Ministry of Transportation to monitor your driving. All individuals who drive a vehicle in Ontario are subject to this system only when they are convicted of an offence under the Highway Traffic Act. The system is in place to encourage drivers to continue to improve their driving ability and ensure that drivers in Ontario are not abusing their privilege to drive.

How Demerit Points Work:

Demerit points are added (not lost), if you are found guilty of a traffic ticket offence. The amount of points you gain vary per charge. If you obtain too many demerit points, there is a possibility you could lose your licence.

You start with zero (0) points and go up to fifteen (15). A demerit point will stay on your record for a maximum of two (2) years from the offence date. Once two (2) years has passed, they will automatically be removed from your record.

Don’t assume that if the demerit points are not written on the ticket, there are no points associated with the charge. Police officers and the courts are not affiliated with the The Ministry of Transportation and therefore are not required to tell you or write on the ticket how many demerit points are associated with that charge.

If you receive a ticket in:
1. Other Canadian Provinces and Territories.
2. The State of New York.
3. The State of Michigan.
Demerit points can be assessed to your licence.

What Happens If I Get Out Of Province Demerit Points

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How Demerit Points Are Applied:

G1 and/or G2 Drivers (Novice Drivers):

Demerit Point System

As a novice driver you face different consequences.

2-5 Demerit Points:
• You are sent a warning letter.
• Likely that you will have to attend an interview hearing to discuss your driving record

6-8 Demerit Points:
• Your licence could be suspended.

30 Day Licence Suspension:
• Convicted of a four (4) or more demerit point traffic ticket.
• Convicted of a graduating licensing requirement.

60 Day Licence Suspension:
• You receive 9 or more demerit points.

Graduated Licensing Requirements

G Class Drivers:

Demerit Point SystemAs a fully licensed driver you can accumulate a total of 15 demerit points.

2-8 Demerit Points:
• You are sent a warning letter.

9-14 Demerit Points:
• Your licence could be suspended.
• May have to attend an interview to discuss your record.

15 or More Demerit Points:
• You are given a 30 day suspension.

Ontario Demerit Points Chart

We have listed below some of the most common charges laid by police officers and the amount of demerit points attached to them.

Description Of OffenceDemerit Points
Failing to Remain at the Scene of a Collision7
Failing to Stop When Signaled or Asked by a Police Officer7
Careless Driving6
Stunt Driving6
 Failing to Stop for a School Bus6
Speeding: Exceeding Speed Limit by 50 km/hour or more6
 Speeding: Exceeding the Speed Limit by 30 to 49 km/hour 4
Following too Closely 4
 Speeding: Exceeding the Speed Limit by 16 to 29 km/hour 3
Driving While Holding or Using a Hand-held Wireless Communications Device3
Driving Through, Around or Under a Railway Crossing Barrier3
Driving the Wrong Way on a Divided Road3
Driving or Operating a Vehicle on a Closed Road3
Failing to Yield the Right-of-way3
Failing to Obey a Stop Sign3
Failing to Obey a Traffic Control Stop/Slow Sign, Traffic Light or Railway Crossing Signal3
Failing to Obey the Directions of a Police Officer3
Failing to Report a Collision to a Police Officer3
Failing to Slow and Carefully Pass a Stopped Emergency Vehicle or a Tow Truck With its Amber Lights Flashing3
Failing to Move, Where Possible, Into Another Lane When Passing a Stopped Emergency Vehicle or a Tow Truck With its Amber Lights Flashing3
Improper Passing3
Improper Use of a High Occupancy Vehicle Lane3
Going the Wrong Way on a One-way Road3
Crowding the Driver’s Seat3
Improper Right Turn2
Improper Left Turn2
Improper Opening of a Vehicle Door2
Prohibited Turns2
Towing of Persons on Toboggans, Bicycles, Skis, etc.2
Unnecessary Slow Driving2
Backing Up on Highway2
Failing to Lower Headlamp Beams2
Failing to Obey Signs2
Failing to Stop at a Pedestrian Crossing2
Failing to Share the Road2
Failing to Signal2
Driver Failing to Wear a Seat Belt2
Driver Failing to Ensure Infant/Child Passenger is Properly Secured2

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Ontario Speeding Tickets and Points

Determining the amount of demerit points you receive is reflective of how fast you were traveling.
The faster you were traveling the more demerit points will be assessed.

Speed RangeDemerit Points
0 to 15 km/hour Over Speed Limit
  • 0 Demerit Points
16 to 29 kh/hour Over Speed Limit
  • 3 Demerit Points
30 to 49 km/hour Over Speed Limit
  • 4 Demerit Points
  • 30 Day Suspension for G1 and G2 Drivers
50 km/hour Over Speed Limit
  • 6 Demerit Points
  • 30 Day Suspension for G1 and G2 Drivers
Stunt Driving or Racing
  • 6 Demerit Points
  • 7 Day Licence Suspension
  • 7 Day Vehicle Impound
  • Minimum Fine of $2000
  • Maximum Fine of $10,000
  • Max 2 Year Licence Suspension
  • Max 6 Month Jail Time

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Updated: September 2018

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