G Class Driver's Licence: Benefits and How to Get It
In Ontario, driver's licences are separated into three categories: G1, G2 and G. In this scale the G1 is the learners licence, while the G class driver’s license is fully fledged. To make sure your vehicle is ready for you G class driver’s licence road test, contact Hansma Automotive today.
A G class driver’s licence is essential for all drivers in Ontario who are hoping to drive for a period longer than 5 years, as well as for drivers who are looking to reduce rates on their insurance policies.
For information on demerit points on your licence, read our article here.
What Does a G Class Driver’s Licence Include?
A G class driver’s licence allows the licence holder to drive any car, van or small truck, or a combination of a vehicle plus a towed vehicle up to a weight of 11,000 kg (maximum weight of towed vehicle is 4,600 kg). A G licence holder is not permitted to drive a motorcycle, air-brake equipped vehicle (bus or transport truck), or any other large vehicle. Most Ontario residence will seek a G licence after their first year of licencing. You can click here for more information.
G Class Driver’s Licence Requirements
In order to apply for a G licence there are a couple of requirements. They include:
Hold a valid G2 licence for at least 1 year (8 months if they have completed a recognized driver training program).
Pass a vision test.
If a driver passes these requirement, then they will need to pass a further road examination that can last up to 45 minutes and which will test the driver in all areas of their driving abilities, including parking and highway driving. You can click here for more information.
This video will help you understand the process of what you should expect during your G licence application.
Benefits of a G Class Driver’s Licence
It is recommended that all passenger vehicle drivers attain a G licence as soon as they're eligible because of the different benefits it provides. A G licence allows for the following benefits:
It does not expire (only additional testing upon reaching old age will be necessary)
Lower insurance rates
Ability to drive without passenger and other restrictions
Note: If you're looking to apply for your G licence, we recommend you get in contact with your local service centre as your vehicle must meet certain standards in order to pass a basic check to ensure your it’s fit for the purpose.
Per the Drive Test website, “If the vehicle you bring to the road test does not meet Ministry of Transportation (MTO) standards for the purpose of a road test - or if there is a non-vehicle-related reason for which the examiner determines that the test cannot be completed - the examiner will declare the road test “out-of-order.’”
This applies to a vehicle you own and to a vehicle you have borrowed (parent, friend, or driving instructor) or rented. If the vehicle is declared out-of-order, you lose 50 percent of your road test fee; the other 50% remains as a credit on your driving record and may be applied when booking a new test.
Hansma Automotive can make sure your vehicle passes the vehicle check so you can confidently take to the road for your test. Contact us today to book an appointment for all services or general maintenance, and click here for a reminder on how to get your licence plate sticker renewed.
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