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Guelph driving instructors concerned about Ontario’s modified road test

Ontario Temporarily Removing Elements of Level G On-Road Exam to Allow for More Exams to be Booked and Run

Local driving instructors are worried about the dangers ahead with new changes to the G-level road test.

Earlier this week, the province announced that to help reduce the backlog caused by COVID-19 restrictions and closures, it is temporarily removing certain elements of the test, including parallel parking, three-point turns and roadside stops, all of which are equally assessed. in the G2 level test. The measure aims to shorten the duration of the tests and to allow more tests to be booked and carried out.

Paul Singh, owner of ABC College Driving School, which has taught driving for 25 years, said many of his instructors were concerned about the province’s decision.

He said just because a student passed certain elements of the G2 test does not mean they are qualified enough to pass it again.

“A driver’s skills are also part of their driving,” Singh said.

He said that while it is understandable to make temporary changes, the government should not extend the changes beyond the stated date of March 31 because it is a huge security concern.

Singh added that the elements removed from the road test exist in the first place because they assess how well a driver can observe his surroundings, handle a car and maneuver it in different road conditions.

“Some have a G2 and they never drive a car on the road, they keep it in their pocket, and when they get out they don’t know anything,” Paul said.

Vinod Bhatia of Success Driver Training, who has been teaching for 36 years, says a huge concern is that instructors weren’t allowed to teach driving during the lockdown in the first place, so many instructors were seen giving private lessons to some students while others never had professional lessons at all.

On top of that, he said the province is still charging the same fee but reducing the testing time.

“They are not getting proper instructions and they are going to take the tests and we will all share the road with them,” Bhatia said, adding that he was losing business daily during the lockdown.

“If my calculations are correct, almost 62% of people who fail the (G) test are because they were going without instructions for the second time,” Bhatia said.

“It’s a dangerous precedent,” said Aman Singh of Excellence Driving School in Guelph, who has been teaching for 17 years.

He said the next time these students would be tested on their G test would be in their senior years, so getting rid of some sections of the G test means sending drivers who are unprepared for the next 50 to 60 years. driving.

He said the 20-minute driving test will technically be cut in half, but if the province takes shortcuts in testing, danger will be on the road.

“At ground level, when we see people driving, there are people who shouldn’t be driving on the road,” Aman said.

“On top of that, if you tell people who are G2, without checking them out completely, they think they are good drivers, but the reality is they become a danger to themselves.”