Ontario Newsroom

Making Ontario's Roads Safer

Archived News Release

Making Ontario's Roads Safer

McGuinty Government Proposes New Rules For Novice Drivers And Tougher Laws For Drinking And Suspended Drivers

Ministry of Transportation

Ontario is proposing tough new legislation that would, if passed, make the province's roads safer for all drivers.

Proposed changes to Ontario's Graduated Licensing System would mean it would take a new driver up to 36 months to get a driver's licence, giving them better skills and experience to drive safely.

The proposed changes also include:
a zero blood alcohol concentration level for all drivers 21 years of age and younger
tougher penalties for novice drivers that increase with each violation of graduated licensing restrictions, with convictions that result in demerit points or with court-ordered suspensions
tighter restrictions on the number of young passengers teen drivers can carry.

Other changes proposed in the bill would help keep suspended drivers off Ontario's roads by giving police the power to immediately impound their vehicles for seven days - at the roadside.

Convicted drunk drivers and those who continue to drive without a court-ordered ignition lock would also be subject to an immediate seven-day roadside impoundment.

Quick Facts

  • Motor vehicle collisions are the leading cause of hospital admissions among youth aged 15 to 24.
  • Ontario was the first jurisdiction in North America to introduce a comprehensive graduated licensing program, in April 1994.

Background Information

Additional Resources

Quotes

“Teenaged drivers are about 3.5 times more likely to be involved in a fatal collision. Lengthening their training period will give young and novice drivers more time to develop a lifetime of safe driving habits.”

Jim Bradley

Minister of Transportation

“We support Ontario's proposed legislation and regulations - a longer graduated licensing period for new drivers and a no drinking policy for all drivers 21 years of age and under would help keep young drivers from drinking and driving and give new drivers the experience they need.”

Andrew Murie

CEO, Mothers Against Drunk Driving Canada

“CAA is pleased to support these measures that will strengthen Ontario's graduated licensing system, crack down on suspended drivers, and that will help keep impaired drivers off our roadways.”

Faye Lyons

Government Relations Specialist, CAA South Central Ontario

Share

Tags

Driving and Roads Home and Community Law and Safety Children and Youth