Many people are confused about how driving points work. You don’t lose demerit points on your driving record. You actually start with zero points and get points added to your record every time you are convicted of a traffic offence that has points associated with it. Demerit points stay on a person’s record for 2 years from the date of the offence. Drivers with a full licence who get 15 or more points on their driving record will have their driver’s licence suspended for 30 days. New drivers with 9 or more points on their driving record will have their driver’s licence suspended for 60 days. A person can lose their licence if they end up with enough points on their record. Many people don’t realize that points can be added to your driving record if you are convicted of a traffic offence in:

 

  • Other Canadian provinces or territories
  • The state of New York
  • The state of Michigan

 

Many people also don’t realize that points on their driving record can cause insurance rates to go up. OTD Ticket Defenders Legal Services can help you fight the charges against you. Demerit points are based on the Ontario Highway Traffic Act violation. Below is a table of charges and the demerit points for each offence. Ontario demerit point penalties effective April 1, 2016.

 

OffenceHighway Traffic Act ReferenceDemerit Points
Failing to remain at scene of accidentSection 200 of the Highway Traffic Act7
Driver failing to stop when signalled or requested to stop by a police officerSection 216 of the Highway Traffic Act, except where a suspension order is made under subsection 216 (3)7
Careless drivingSection 130 of the Highway Traffic Act6
RacingSection 172 of the Highway Traffic Act6
 Section 128 of the Highway Traffic Act; subsection 13 (3) of Regulation 829 of the Revised Regulations of Ontario, 1990; any provision of the National Capital Commission Traffic and Property Regulations CRC 1978, c. 1044 made under the National Capital Act (Canada) fixing maximum rates of speed and any municipal by-law fixing maximum rates of speed where the rate of speed is exceeded by, 
Exceeding speed limit by 50 km/h or more(a) 50 km/h or more6
Exceeding speed limit by 30 to 49 km/h(b) 30 km/h or more and less than 50 km/h4
Exceeding speed limit by 16 to 29 km/h(c) more than 15 km/h and less than 30 km/h3
Driver of public vehicle or school bus failing to stop at railway crossingsSubsections 174 (1) and (2) of the Highway Traffic Act5
Driving through, around or under railway crossing barrierSection 164 of the Highway Traffic Act3
Failing to yield right of waySubsections 135 (2) and (3), clause 136 (1) (b), subsection 136 (2), subsection 138 (1), subsection 139 (1), subsection 141 (5) and subsections 144 (7), (8) and (21) of the Highway Traffic Act3
Failing to obey a stop sign, signal light or railway crossing signalClause 136 (1) (a), subsections 144 (14), (15), (16), (17), (18) and (21), subsections 146 (3) and (4) and section 163 of the Highway Traffic Act, any municipal by-law requiring a driver to stop for a stop sign or signal light, and the National Capital Commission Traffic and Property Regulations CRC 1978, c. 1044 made under the National Capital Act (Canada) requiring a driver to stop for a stop sign3
Failing to obey directions of police constableSubsection 134 (1) of the Highway Traffic Act3
Driving or operating a vehicle on a closed highwaySubsection 134 (3) of the Highway Traffic Act3
Failing to report an accidentSubsections 199 (1) and (1.1) of the Highway Traffic Act3
Improper passingSubsection 148 (8), sections 149, 150 and 166 of the Highway Traffic Act3
Improper driving where highway divided into lanesSection 154 of the Highway Traffic Act3
Failing to stop for school busSubsections 175 (11) and (12) of the Highway Traffic Act6
Following too closelySection 158 of the Highway Traffic Act4
Crowding driver’s seatSection 162 of the Highway Traffic Act3
Drive wrong way – divided highwayClause 156 (1) (a) of the Highway Traffic Act3
Cross divided highway – no proper crossing providedClause 156 (1) (b) of the Highway Traffic Act3
Wrong way in one way street or highwaySection 153 of the Highway Traffic Act3
Backing on highwaySubsection 157 (1) of the Highway Traffic Act2
Pedestrian crossoverSubsections 140 (1) and (3) of the Highway Traffic Act3
Failing to share roadSubsections 148 (1), (2), (4), (5), (6) and (7) of the Highway Traffic Act2
Improper right turnSubsections 141 (2) and (3) of the Highway Traffic Act2
Improper left turnSubsections 141 (6) and (7) of the Highway Traffic Act2
Failing to signalSubsections 142 (1), (2) and (8) of the Highway Traffic Act2
Unnecessary slow drivingSection 132 of the Highway Traffic Act2
Failing to lower headlamp beamSection 168 of the Highway Traffic Act2
Improper opening of vehicle doorSubsection 165 (1) of the Highway Traffic Act3
Prohibited turnsSection 143 and subsection 144 (9) of the Highway Traffic Act and any municipal by-law prohibiting turns2
Towing of persons on toboggans, bicycles, skis, etc., prohibitedSection 160 of the Highway Traffic Act2
Failing to obey signs prescribed by regulation under subsection 182 (1)Subsection 182 (2) of the Highway Traffic Act2
Driver failing to properly wear seat beltSubsection 106 (2) of the Highway Traffic Act2
Driving while passenger under 16 fails to occupy position with seat beltSubclause 106 (4) (a) (i) of the Highway Traffic Act2
Driving while passenger under 16 fails to properly wear seat beltSubclause 106 (4) (a) (ii) of the Highway Traffic Act2
Driving while child passenger not properly securedClause 106 (4) (b) of the Highway Traffic Act2
Driver failing to ensure infant passenger is secured as prescribedSubsection 8 (2) of Regulation 613 of the Revised Regulations of Ontario, 19902
Driver failing to ensure toddler passenger is secured as prescribedSubsection 8 (3) of Regulation 613 of the Revised Regulations of Ontario, 19902
Driver failing to ensure child passenger is secured as prescribedSubsection 8 (4) of Regulation 613 of the Revised Regulations of Ontario, 19902
Failing to stop on right for emergency vehicleClause 159 (1) (a) of the Highway Traffic Act3
Failing to stop – nearest curb – for emergency vehicleClause 159 (1) (b) of the Highway Traffic Act3
Failing to stop – nearest edge of roadway – for emergency vehicleClause 159 (1) (b) of the Highway Traffic Act3
Failing to slow down and proceed with caution for emergency vehicle or tow truckSubsection 159 (2) of the Highway Traffic Act3
Failing to move into another lane for emergency vehicle or tow truck – if safe to do soSubsection 159 (3) of the Highway Traffic Act3
Following fire department vehicle too closelySubsection 159 (4) of the Highway Traffic Act3
Motor vehicle equipped with or carrying a speed measuring warning deviceSubsection 79 (2) of the Highway Traffic Act3
Improper use of high occupancy vehicle laneSubsection 154.1 (3) of the Highway Traffic Act3
Failing to obey traffic control stop signSubsection 146.1 (3) of the Highway Traffic Act3
Failing to obey traffic control slow signSubsection 146.1 (4) of the Highway Traffic Act3
Failing to obey school crossing stop signSubsection 176 (3) of the Highway Traffic Act3
Driving with display screen visible to driverSection 78 of the Highway Traffic Act3
Driving while holding or using hand-held deviceSection 78.1 of the Highway Traffic Act3
Failing to leave one metre while passing bicycleSubsection 148 (6.1) of the Highway Traffic Act2

 

Full listing of demerit points We also represent throughout Quebec, if you have a ticket in this region please contact us and we will explain everything to you in detail.

 

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