MTO cutting road test backlog by shortening road tests

New, temporary G-class road test eliminates ‘duplicative’ aspects from G2 test, including parallel parking, 3-point turns

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New drivers losing sleep over their poor parallel parking skills won’t need to worry about passing their Class G road test.

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Ontario’s Transport Ministry is shortening the final road test required to earn a full driver’s licence in the province, the Toronto Sun has learned — including eliminating the need to demonstrate ‘imperative’ manoeuvres to the instructor, such as three-point turns, roadside stops, and parallel parking.

Eliminating these aspects of the test, sources say, will cut the normally 30-minute road test in half.

Dakota Brasier, spokesperson for Transport Minister Caroline Mulroney, confirmed the changes are being made to create more daily spots for those wishing to take the test, while “removing duplicative elements” from the test.

“DriveTest will continue to ensure applicants’ driving abilities are evaluated in challenging conditions on major roads and expressways but will use modified and more direct routes to and from road test locations, and will temporarily pause testing on certain duplicative road test elements, such as parallel parking, which are previously tested and evaluated in the G2 road test,” she said.

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“This will allow for more streamlined tests while continuing to evaluate driver skills alongside new skills such as highway driving requirements.”

The changes only apply to the G-class test — the G2 road test will remain the same.

The new test came into effect on Monday, and will run until at least March 31.

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“The ministry will continue to monitor testing and can extend the date if it is necessary,” Brasier said.

In November, a ministry official described road test backlogs of nearly 500,000 , thanks to reduced capacities and lockdowns triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic.

NDP MPP Lisa Gretzky told the Windsor Star  that her Windsor-area constituents say they’re being asked to book tests as far away as 2023.

Mulroney announced over the summer the opening of nine new temporary road test centres across southern Ontario, including several in the GTA.

bpassifiume@postmedia.com
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