Ontario Demerit Points

The Ontario Demerit Points System is designed to penalize drivers that have accumulated too many demerit points. A driver begins with zero demerit points and accumulate points when convicted of an Ontario Highway Traffic Act offence. Demerit points stay on your record for two years starting from the date the offence was made.

New drivers that accumulate nine demerit points will have their licence suspended for 60 days. Licenses of fully licensed drivers will be suspended for 30 days upon accumulating 15 demerit points.

In addition to the fines and sanctions imposed by the Ontario Ministry of Transportation, demerit points can also drastically increase the insurance premiums you pay.

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Below is a table of various Ontario Highway Traffic Act violations and their corresponding demerit points.


Violation (Description of Offence) Highway Traffic Act Offence Demerit Points
Fail to Remain 200 7
Careless Driving 130 6
Racing 172 6
School Bus 175 6
Speeding 50+ 128 6
Speeding 30-49 128 4
Speeding 16-29 128 3
Speeding 1-15 128 0
Follow Too Closely 158 4
Fail to Yield Various Sections 3
Stop Sign & Red Lights 3
Fail to Report Accident 3
Unsafe Move – Lane or Shoulder 154 3
Wrong Way 153/156 3
Improper Turns Various Sections 2
Fail to Share Road 148 2
No Seatbelt 106 2
Prohibited Turns Various Sections 2