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Is it possible to write your G1 test during the driving instructor strike?
As you probably are aware, the driving examiners who conduct written and practical tests for new drivers at over 55 Drive Test locations across Ontario remain on strike. I always thought that this service was run by the provincial government but not so. Apparently the Ontario government outsources the service and has a contract with Serco DES Inc.
But, while the strike is on, there is still a way that you can get your G1. I know this because my 16-year-old daughter just got her G1 last week.
Here’s what you do. You go to Service Ontario which is located on the lower level of 777 Bay St (southeast corner of Bay and College). Their hours are weekdays from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. but on Thursdays they stay open until 7 p.m. You can’t make an appointment, so you’ll just have to go and take your chances. They have been swamped by requests and they have had to turn people away due to the sheer weight of numbers. But if you are determined (as my daughter was) and get there early enough, then you stand a better chance of being able to write the test (and they’ll need to test your vision as well).
Make sure you bring proper identification. You will need a picture ID as well as ID that has your signature on it. A passport is probably your best bet. If you don’t have the right ID then you will not be allowed to write the test.
It did take my daughter all day but eventually she wrote the test and passed. (whew!!)
Unfortunately, as far as I know, you still have to wait for a resolution to the strike before you can do the road test to get your G2.