Ontario Committed to Reducing Wait Times for Road TestsPublished on October 29, 2020
Hiring More Driver Examiners Throughout the Province
MISSISSAUGA —Today, Rudy Cuzzetto, MPP for Mississauga-Lakeshore, announced that Ontario is working with its service provider, DriveTest, to hire more than 130 additional temporary driver examiners to help address the backlog of passenger road tests which resulted from the closure of DriveTest centres earlier this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
"As we continue down the path of economic recovery, increasing access to passenger road testing is another way our government is supporting the creation of jobs," said Cuzzetto. "This will help people get back to work, and back to their everyday lives, as much as possible during this very difficult time."
The additional temporary driver examiners are anticipated to begin conducting tests in December. By hiring additional temporary driver examiners, the province expects that DriveTest will shorten test wait times and reduce an estimated backlog of 350,000 passenger road tests to pre-COVID-19 levels by March 2021.
“Our government recognizes that the closure of DriveTest centres due to COVID-19 has caused hardship and uncertainty for people trying to get their driver’s licences,” said Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation. “That’s why we are working with DriveTest to hire more examiners to make more road tests available to ensure that people who need a road test can get one as quickly as possible.”
To protect the safety of Ontarians, DriveTest continues to require customers to wear face coverings inside centres and during road tests, sanitize their hands when they enter the building and submit to temperature checks and screening questions for those taking road tests. Exceptions will be made for those taking motorcycle road tests and for people with a medical condition or a disability.
All DriveTest staff will wear appropriate personal protective equipment when serving customers and driver examiners will also be equipped with face shields/goggles, sanitizer packages and seat covers when conducting road tests.
- On September 8, the province expanded driver testing services across the province with strict protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
- Please visit DriveTest.ca to learn more about COVID-19 updates and frequently asked questions or to schedule a road test.
Office of Rudy Cuzzetto, MPP