You don’t “lose” demerit points on your driving record. You start with zero points and gain points for being convicted of breaking certain traffic laws. Demerit points stay on your record for two years from the offence date. If you collect enough points, you can lose your driver’s licence.

Helpful Resources for Traffic Court

  1. Traffic Court Toronto: Helpful resources that includes information about different traffic ticket types ranging from speeding to careless driving, cell phone tickets and fail to remain.
  2. Toronto Parking Fines & Tickets: The city of Toronto provides an excellent website that provides links to all the important sections of their traffic services.

Here is a breakdown of the different offences organized by severity.

Minor

  • Crowding vehicle with more people than seatbelts
  • Defective brakes
  • Driver’s license violations
  • Driving with an insecure load
  • Driving with open alcohol in vehicle
  • Driving without an up-to-date inspection sticker
  • Failing to share the road
  • Failing to signal
  • Failure to use seatbelts
  • Improper driving in a bus lane
  • Improper opening of door
  • Improper passing, lane change or turn
  • Improper railway crossing
  • Improper towing
  • Improper use of divided highway
  • Obstruction of license plate
  • Obstructing the view of other drivers
  • Obstructing traffic
  • Overloading
  • Seatbelt infraction
  • Speeding
  • Failing to yield to another vehicle or pedestrian
  • Failure to surrender your license to authority
  • Failure to produce evidence of insurance to authority
  • Failure to carry an insurance card
  • Following too closely
  • Headlight offences
  • Stop sign or traffic light infraction

Major

  • All insurance offences
  • Distracted driving
  • False statement of insurance
  • Failure to follow restrictions in a school zone or improper passing zone
  • Failing to report an accident
  • Failure to report damage to highway property
  • CVOR chargers / Commercial
  • Failure to stop for an emergency vehicle
  • Failing to stop or improper passing at a school bus
  • Producing false evidence of license or insurance

Criminal