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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.

Or is it?

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.

Demerit Point System

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.

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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 Offence Demerit Points
Failing to Remain at the Scene of a Collision 7
Failing to Stop When Signaled or Asked by a Police Officer 7
Careless Driving 6
Stunt Driving 6
 Failing to Stop for a School Bus 6
Speeding: Exceeding Speed Limit by 50 km/hour or more 6
Fail to Stop at Railway Crossing 5
 Speeding: Exceeding the Speed Limit by 30 to 49 km/hour  4
Following too Closely  4
Fail to Yield to Pedestrian 4
 Speeding: Exceeding the Speed Limit by 16 to 29 km/hour  3
Driving While Holding or Using a Hand-held Wireless Communications Device 3
Unsafe Move – Lane or Shoulder 3
Driving Through, Around or Under a Railway Crossing Barrier 3
Driving the Wrong Way on a Divided Road 3
Driving or Operating a Vehicle on a Closed Road 3
Failing to Yield the Right-of-Way 3
Disobey Stop Sign 3
Failing to Obey a Traffic Control Stop/Slow Sign, Traffic Light or Railway Crossing Signal 3
Failing to Obey the Directions of a Police Officer 3
Failing to Report a Collision to a Police Officer 3
Failing to Slow and Carefully Pass a Stopped Emergency Vehicle or a Tow Truck With its Amber Lights Flashing 3
Failing to Move, Where Possible, Into Another Lane When Passing a Stopped Emergency Vehicle or a Tow Truck With its Amber Lights Flashing 3
Improper Passing 3
Improper Use of a High Occupancy Vehicle Lane 3
Going the Wrong Way on a One-way Road 3
Crowding the Driver’s Seat 3
Improper Right Turn 2
Improper Left Turn 2
Improper Opening of a Vehicle Door 2
Prohibited Turns 2
Towing of Persons on Toboggans, Bicycles, Skis, etc. 2
Unnecessary Slow Driving 2
Backing Up on Highway 2
Failing to Lower Headlamp Beams 2
Disobey Sign 2
Failing to Stop at a Pedestrian Crossing 2
Failing to Share the Road 2
Failing to Signal 2
Driver Failing to Wear a Seat Belt 2
Driver Failing to Ensure Infant/Child Passenger is Properly Secured 2

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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 Range Demerit 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
  • 30 Day Licence Suspension
  • 14 Day Vehicle Impound
  • Minimum Fine of $2000
  • Maximum Fine of $10,000
  • Minumum 1 Year Licence Suspension
  • Max 6 Month Jail Time

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13 Response(s) for “The Demerit Point System

  • Kohinoorpal Singh Mulla says:

    Got a fail to obey stop sign ticket. Is there anything that can be done? I did a roll over on the stop sign. There was no one it was dark.

  • Jordan Hanson says:

    Hi, anything for not having proper headlights on when required?

    1. Sturino Walker says:

      Hello Jordan, this charge is called “Drive without Proper Headlights – Motor Vehicle” and is section 62(1) of the Highway Traffic Act. This charge has zero (0) demerit points attached to it. However, there is a fine of $85.00.

  • Ray Larivere says:

    Do I get points for a dirty plate in Ontario

    1. Sturino Walker says:

      Hello Ray, this charge is called “Obstruct Plate” and is section 13(2) of the Highway Traffic Act. This charge has zero (0) demerit points attached to it. However, there is a fine of $85.00.

  • Tyler Johnson says:

    How many points for hitting a human by accident??

    1. Sturino Walker says:

      Hello Tyler, I would be happy to assist. What were you charged with?

  • Harpreet Singh says:

    I have been given two tickets together for 1. Drive with improper headlights HTA 62(6) and 2. Disobey sign HTA 182 (2) how many demerit points will I get ?

    1. Sturino Walker says:

      Hello Harpreet, the charge of improper headlights HTA 62(6) does not carry any demerit points. However, the charge of Disobey Sign 182 (2) carries 2 demerit points.

  • Rajiv says:

    Hello,
    Yesterday I met with an unusual situation. The streetcar was at halt on the red light signal. The driver didn’t open the doors then, so I assumed that he was waiting for the signal to go green. I wanted to take a right turn so I went to right side of the streetcar and waited for the signal to go green, as free right turn was not permitted. As the signal went green, I resumed my travel and I saw the red lights on the door of the streetcar blink suddenly. The doors were still in closed state as I passed by, cause I was already more than halfway of the streetcar waiting for the signal to go green. I probably heard the streetcar driver honk loudly. This is my first time, I don’t know if the honk was for me or the other car that followed me and I dont know if I’m at fault here. Would I be charged for this? How would the TTC fine me for this? How long would it take for the fine to arrive my place? Thanks very much.

    1. Sturino Walker says:

      Hello Rajiv, we would be happy to assist you. Please give our office a call to book a free consultation and we can answer all your questions. Thank you

  • Robert says:

    What can I do if i know that I stopped at a stop sign an than got polled over by a police officer saying that I didn’t stop please let me know thanks

    1. Sturino Walker says:

      Hello Robert, we would be happy to assist you. Please give our office a call to book a free consultation and we can answer all your questions. Thank you

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