The Demerit Point System
Demerit points are entered on the record of drivers who commit certain offences under the Highway
Traffic Act. They can also be applied under some municipal by-laws, provincial of federal statutes, or regulations relating to road safety. Demerit Points remain on your driving record for two years from the date the traffic ticket is received. You could potentially lose your driver's licence for accumulating too many points.
Novice drivers in Ontario can accrue up to eight demerit points, while fully licenced drivers may accumulate up to 14 demerit points. Once you reach 15 demerit points, as a fully licenced driver, or nine demerit points, as a novice driver, the Ontario Ministry of Transportation will suspend your driver's licence for 30 days (full licence) or 60 days (novice licence) for the first demerit point violation. A second demerit point suspension will result in a six month suspension.
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