Monday, January 17, 2022

You can now pass Ontario’s final driving license road test without showing that you can parallel park. CBC News

Thousands of people in Ontario who are facing their final driving license road test no longer need to prove they made a three-point turn, a roadside emergency stop, or even a dangerous parallel parking maneuver. can give.

Shrinking testing is part of the province’s plan to help clear a massive backlog during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a statement, a spokesman for the Ontario Ministry of Transportation said the changes would remove “repetitive elements” in the G-class test that were already part of the first G2 test in the province’s graduate licensing program.

The statement said three-point turns, parallel parking and emergency roadside stops may be removed “at the tester’s discretion” from the final G-Class test.

The province says the changes are temporary measures until at least March 31 to tackle the provincewide testing backlog.

Drivers can wait a year for testing

More than 420,000 people are waiting to take the driving test, mainly due to those canceled during the various COVID-19 lockdowns and safety measures. Driving instructors who spoke to CBC News said the backlog causes some people to wait more than a year to take their final driving test, although some manage to get appointments within weeks through the DriveTest booking system. .

Delays create problems for those who need to drive to work or for families who want to allow older teens to drive themselves.

The province says the changes will speed up testing “while continuing to hone the skills of drivers,” but some Ontario driving instructors aren’t sure it’s the right move.

Sam Chong trains new driving instructors through a program at Humber College in Toronto. He also heads the Association of Professional Driving Instructors of Ontario, an industry group with more than 300 members.

Trying to book a driving test is a frustrating experience for many as Ontario deals with a massive backlog

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Chong is disappointed by the lack of clarity from the province about the changes, which he said have been taking place informally over the past few weeks. But with no official word from the province.

He said driving instructors recently back applicant tests with three elements on score sheets — three-point turns, parallel parking and emergency roadside stops — scratched by testers.

“Honestly, I’ll tell you it’s been terrible with communication over the past few months,” Chong said. “There is no confirmation or consultation of any kind from the ministry with our industry.”

Chong estimated that the changes could take 15 minutes off the usual 30-minute test time, but said the overall assessment of drivers would suffer.

“If these changes become permanent, I don’t think it’s a good option for the province, because there is no other way applicants can prove they can perform these maneuvers safely.”

Wasim Kazi is a Personal Driving Instructor with over 20 years of experience and the owner of Driverzed.com in London, Ont.

He’s fine with the changes if they’re temporary, saying they effectively shift the focus to everyday driving rather than slow-motion maneuvers. Still, he said, trainers should make it a point to teach these skills to new drivers, even if they are no longer part of the test.

“Most people don’t get in their way back because they’re not confident, and they haven’t been taught how to do it, but it’s the safe way,” Kazi said. “Parking skills are also important.”

In addition to the test changes, the province said it would employ 251 temporary testers at DriveTest centers, and offer road tests on weekends and evenings to cut waiting times.

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