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In-vehicle road tests to resume in Ontario on Monday as COVID-19 restrictions eased

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WATCH ABOVE: Weeks after DriveTest Ontario locations began reopening across the province amid the coronavirus pandemic, those looking to get their licences are encountering massive lineups at some locations. Erica Vella reports – Aug 25, 2020

In-vehicle road tests are set to resume in Ontario on Monday as COVID-19 restrictions are eased.

Transportation Minister Caroline Mulroney first tweeted the news earlier this week.

The move allows for the resumption of G2, G and motorcycle M2 and M tests, according to the DriveTest website.

Read more: Ontario set to enter provincewide COVID-19 reopening plan on June 11

Those looking to book a new appointment at a DriveTest location can do so online.

A spokesperson for the Ministry of Transportation told Global News in-person driving tests have been cancelled throughout the province a few times during the pandemic, most recently at the beginning of April when the provincewide emergency break was implemented.

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“On May 20, 2021, the government, in consultation with the chief medical officer of health and other health experts, announced the roadmap to reopen the province,” the spokesperson said.

“As a result of this, all in-vehicle passenger road tests will resume with restrictions when the province enters Step 1 of the Roadmap.”

The government announced Monday that the province will be moving to the first stage of reopening on Friday, three days earlier than previously announced.

DriveTest centres have remained open for inside services such as knowledge tests, but with capacity restrictions and other COVID-19 measures.

In a news release issued on Wednesday, provincial government officials said they are investing more than $16 million to increase road testing capacity throughout the province to address a backlog caused by COVID-19.

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The funding, they said, will include hiring 167 temporary examiners, expanding testing hours, increasing support staff and implementing weekend testing where demand is highest.

Six temporary DriveTest locations will also be opened in the Greater Golden Horseshoe starting in September.

The government said these measures are in addition to 84 temporary examiners announced last fall.

Click to play video: 'Coronavirus: DriveTest Ontario centres still seeing massive lineups, demand for tests' Coronavirus: DriveTest Ontario centres still seeing massive lineups, demand for tests
Coronavirus: DriveTest Ontario centres still seeing massive lineups, demand for tests – Aug 25, 2020

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