The Ontario government issued an emergency order clarifying that driving schools are permitted to provide in-car instruction so long as they comply with the requirements of the order.
Ontario Regulation 364/20 under the Reopening Ontario Act, 2020 states that businesses can only operate if they ensure a physical distance of two metres between persons. There is an exception that allows in-car driving instruction to occur but only when all the conditions below are followed:
1. Only one student may be in the motor vehicle. That means that driving schools are not permitted to transport more than one student to a Drive Test Centre.
2. Only one driving instructor may be in the motor vehicle, unless the type of instruction requires more than one driving instructor to be present.
3. Every person in the motor vehicle must wear face covering at all times.
4. The motor vehicle must be cleaned and disinfected as frequently as is necessary to maintain a sanitary condition.
Contravention of the Reopening Ontario Act could result in charges being laid by either: Provincial Offences Officers, Municipal By law Enforcement Officers or the police. The penalty for a first offence for an individual is a fine of up to $100,000 and a term of imprisonment of up to one year. Corporations and their officers and directors are liable to higher fines. Failure to comply with the legislation may result in the revocation of the driving school and/or driving instructor license. In addition, Drive Test may issue a no trespass notice to persons who continue to defy the Emergency Orders.
All required conditions during in-car instruction and when travelling with a student to a Drive Test centre must be adhered to.
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Lifeline Drive Education Centre