Ontario Revokes Driving School Licences
McGuinty Government Cracks Down on Rogue Schools
QUEEN'S PARK, Feb. 28 - Ontario has revoked the teaching privileges of eight more driving schools after Ministry of Transportation audits revealed the schools were issuing Beginner Driver Education certificates to student drivers who had not completed the training.
Ontario monitors driving schools that teach Beginner Driver Education courses to make sure they are delivering consistent, quality training by qualified instructors.
Schools no longer permitted to teach Beginner Driver Education to novice drivers:
- Best Choice Driving School, Etobicoke
- Big City Driving School, Toronto
- Community 2000 Driving School, North York
- Gondal Driving School, Brampton
- Opkar Driving School, Brampton
- North Star Driving School, Mississauga
- Royal Canadian Driving School, Etobicoke
- Seneca Driving School, Scarborough.
"Driving schools that fail to meet Ontario's high standards will not be certified to teach novice drivers in this province. Ontario will not tolerate driving schools giving certificates to untrained drivers," said Transportation Minister Jim Bradley.
"Student drivers need to know their rights are protected. Informed consumers make smart decisions," said Government and Consumer Services Minister Ted McMeekin.
Before paying for driver training, parents and novice drivers should get more information when selecting a driving school:
- Ask friends or co-workers for recommendations
- Check Ontario's Consumer Beware List for information on driving
schools. They should also register any problems with a driving school
on that site
- Choose a driving school from the list of ministry-approved Beginner
Driver Education course providers
- Ask to meet with instructors before making any payments
- Visit Ontario's Consumer Protection Branch for more advice on how to
make a smart decision when purchasing a good or service.
Approximately 418 licensed Beginner Driver Education course providers at 663 locations, and 278 high schools deliver ministry-approved courses across the province. More than 100,000 students graduate from a ministry-approved Beginner Driver Education course annually.
In 2007, the ministry removed 22 businesses from its list of approved driving schools.
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