Improvements to Beginner Driver Education-Driving Schools and Driving Instructors
Bill or Act:
Highway Traffic Act
Summary of Proposal:
The Ministry of Transportation is seeking public comments on ways to improve the Beginner Driver Education (BDE) program in Ontario.
On November 21, 2005, the Transportation Statute Law Amendment Act, 2005 (Bill 169), received Royal Assent. It contains new provisions governing driving instructors and driving schools. Last spring, the Ministry conducted an extensive consultation process on BDE with stakeholders with the goal of introducing new regulations early in 2007. Attached in plain language is the substance of a proposed regulation for driving instructors and driving schools that would replace the current Regulation 586, regulation for licences for driving instructors. Kindly provide your comments by March 24, 2007. After receiving public input and further due diligence, a regulation may be drafted for approval by the Minister.
Currently, BDE driving schools do not require a licence but the new legislation will require that they hold a driving school licence. The regulatory proposal sets out the qualifications for licence applicants and the rules that would apply to licence holders. Driving instructors are currently required by law to have a licence for driving instruction. The regulatory proposal would impose more rigorous standards on applicants for licences for driving instructors and on those with an existing licence.
February 23, 2007
Comments Due Date:
March 24, 2007
Operational Policy Office
Service Delivery Partnerships Branch
Ministry of Transportation
Lower Level, Room B-051, Bldg. A
1201 Wilson Ave.