Province working to clear backlog of road tests due to COVID-19
NIAGARA FALLS – The Ontario government is opening a temporary road test centre in Niagara Falls to increase testing capacity and help clear the backlog of road tests due to COVID-19.
“Opening a temporary road test centre in Niagara Falls will help increase testing capacity across the DriveTest network and help local residents book a G2 or G road test sooner,” said Sam Oosterhoff, Member of Provincial Parliament for Niagara West. “Our government has a strategic plan to reduce the backlog of novice road tests, and I am pleased that we are delivering additional testing for people in Niagara.”
Located at 6080 McLeod Road, the temporary centre will open on October 18, 2021, and offer class G2 and G road tests seven days a week between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. Customers will be able to book road tests online at DriveTest.ca beginning October 14, 2021.
“We’re making tremendous progress towards clearing the backlog of road tests,” said Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation. “By opening temporary road test centres, hiring additional driver examiners, and extending weekday operating hours for passenger road testing, we’re getting Ontario back on track.”
All DriveTest customers will be required to wear face masks, use hand sanitizer and complete the COVID-19 customer screening.
The public should only book road tests at DriveTest.ca, and avoid booking through third-party websites.
- In addition to opening temporary road test centres, Ontario is also hiring an additional 251 temporary driver examiners, extending weekday operating hours for passenger road testing and offering passenger road tests on Saturdays and Sundays at select locations.
- Because of the high demand for road test appointments, DriveTest is unable to prioritize customers with cancelled appointments. As measures to address capacity are implemented, additional road test appointments will be made available. Please continue to check DriveTest.ca for new blocks of road test appointments.
- For customers whose road tests were cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions, there will be a credit in the system to rebook a test.
- Road test customers may be required to provide a contact phone number should contact tracing be required.
- All DriveTest staff will wear appropriate personal protective equipment when serving customers, and driver examiners will also be equipped with face shields, sanitizer and seat covers when conducting road tests.
- For inside services and road testing for other licence classes, customers will need to visit a permanent DriveTest location.
Source Province of Ontario