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"Understanding Demerit Points in Ontario"

In Ontario, merit points are an important part of the driving system. They affect your driving history and, if you accrue too many, can result in the suspension of your license.

The Length and Effect of Merit Points

After the two years from the date of the traffic penalty, you can still accrue demerit points on your driving record. If you receive too many points, your driver's license may be revoked.

Where to Find Merit Points

In accordance with the Highway Traffic Act, demerit points are given for a variety of infractions, including those covered by local ordinances, provincial or federal statutes, and road safety requirements.

Drivers' Point Limits

In Ontario, drivers who are not yet licensed may receive up to 8 demerit points, while those who are licensed may receive up to 14 demerit points. The Ontario Ministry of Transportation will suspend your driver's license for 30 days for full license holders or 60 days for novice license holders for the first demerit point infraction after you accrue 15 demerit points as a fully licensed driver or nine demerit points as a novice driver. A six-month ban will follow a second demerit point suspension.

Looking for Legal Advice

Getting legal advice is crucial if you are facing demerit point offenses or are worried about how they will affect your ability to drive. We at RRM Law offer knowledgeable legal counsel to help you comprehend your choices and rights. For a consultation to discuss your issue and obtain tailored advice, get in touch with us right now.


Demerit Points

Failing to remain at the scene of the accident

7 Points

Stunt Driving - Exceeding Speed Limit by 50 km/h or More

6 Points

Careless Driving

6 Points

Fail to Stop for School Bus

6 Points

Speeding - 16 - 29 km/h

3 Points

Speeding - 30 - 49 km/h

4 Points

Seatbelt Offences

2 Points

Fail to Obey a Stop Sign, Traffic Control Signal or Railway Crossing Signal

3 Points

Improper Use of High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) Lane

3 Points

Hand-held communication/entertainment device (first conviction)

3 Points

Hand-held communication/entertainment device (second or subsequent conviction)

6 Points

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