Driving lesson

Ontario will keep the easier G-driving test for now

There’s good news for Ontario drivers who hate parallel parking and don’t currently have a Class G license.

The Department of Transportation confirmed to CTV News Toronto on Thursday that the modified tests needed to obtain your full license will continue to be available “until further notice.”

Ministry spokesperson Dakota Brasier said in an email that the test – which does not include emergency stops, three-point turns or parallel parking – can be booked at all DriveTest centers. permanent and the remaining temporary locations.

Ontario removed these “duplicate” items from the test in January of this year in an effort to eliminate a backlog of hundreds of thousands of appointments resulting from COVID-19 closures.

The measure was meant to be temporary and was due to expire on March 31.

However, Transport Minister Caroline Mulroney announced the same day that the modified test was going nowhere due to “high demand for Class G road tests in Ontario”.

“This allows for more streamlined testing while still assessing fundamental driver skills,” Mulroney said in a tweet at the time.

While emergency stops, three-point turns and parallel parking will remain in place for standard G2 testing, driving instructors who spoke to The Canadian Press after the January announcement said the change could reduce up to 15 minutes the standard 30 minute exam.

Road safety advocates took issue with the changes earlier this year, saying that, among other things, the changes aimed at eliminating the backlog weren’t worth the potential dangers they could bring to Ontario streets.

–With files from The Canadian Press