ONTARIO — COVID-19 put the brakes on driver testing across Ontario back in March, but that service is set to roll again next week: As of Tuesday, Sept. 8, Ontarians will be able to access all levels of driver-testing at the province’s DriveTest centres, and that includes booking Class G road tests.
“Our government has taken great care to ensure the health and safety of staff and customers as DriveTest centres have gradually reintroduced services,” said Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation in a press release. “The resumption of full driver testing services at DriveTest centres will help more people to get back to work as our province continues to reopen.”
All full-time DriveTest centres will be offering 100 per cent of their services with restrictions removed — such as knowledge tests being accessible only by birth month — the province says.
The province also says that DriveTest staff will wear appropriate personal protective equipment when serving customers and driver examiners will also be equipped with face shields, sanitizer packages and seat covers when conducting road tests. However, exceptions will be made for those taking motorcycle road tests and for people with a medical condition or a disability.
Road tests are resuming by appointment only; these include tests for G2, G, M2, M and various commercial licences.
Other services will be back on a first come, first served basis, such as Class G1 and M1 knowledge tests and driver’s licence exchanges and upgrades.
Part-time Travel Point locations will continue to reopen for driver examination services as the shared facilities they are located in become available for public use. The province suggests visiting DriveTest.ca for the most up to date information.
The province also emphasizes that customers must still wear face coverings inside DriveTest centres and sanitize their hands when entering the building. Those taking road tests must also submit to temperature checks and screening questions.
The government says it continues to ask the public to be patient when visiting DriveTest centres. It encourages people who can wait to get a driver’s licence to delay visiting DriveTest centres in an effort to reduce crowding. Ontario has temporarily extended the validity of all driver licences so that no one will lose their licence as a result of COVID-19.
“Throughout this outbreak, Ontarians have made many sacrifices to stop the spread of COVID-19,” said Minister Mulroney. “We appreciate the public’s continued patience and understanding with the health and safety requirements as we are trying to protect you, other customers and DriveTest staff.”
All DriveTest centres and Travel Point locations were closed on March 23 in response to the pandemic. All full-time DriveTest centres reopened June 22 and part-time Travel Point locations began reopening Aug. 4 as the shared facilities they are located in become available for public use.