Ontario Revokes Driving School Licences

    McGuinty Government Cracks Down on Rogue Schools

    QUEEN'S PARK, Feb. 28 /CNW/ - Ontario has revoked the teaching privileges
of eight more driving schools after Ministry of Transportation audits revealed
the schools were issuing Beginner Driver Education certificates to student
drivers who had not completed the training.
    Ontario monitors driving schools that teach Beginner Driver Education
courses to make sure they are delivering consistent, quality training by
qualified instructors.

    Schools no longer permitted to teach Beginner Driver Education to novice

    -   Best Choice Driving School, Etobicoke
    -   Big City Driving School, Toronto
    -   Community 2000 Driving School, North York
    -   Gondal Driving School, Brampton
    -   Opkar Driving School, Brampton
    -   North Star Driving School, Mississauga
    -   Royal Canadian Driving School, Etobicoke
    -   Seneca Driving School, Scarborough.

    "Driving schools that fail to meet Ontario's high standards will not be
certified to teach novice drivers in this province. Ontario will not tolerate
driving schools giving certificates to untrained drivers," said Transportation
Minister Jim Bradley.
    "Student drivers need to know their rights are protected. Informed
consumers make smart decisions," said Government and Consumer Services
Minister Ted McMeekin.
    Before paying for driver training, parents and novice drivers should get
more information when selecting a driving school:

    -   Ask friends or co-workers for recommendations
    -   Check Ontario's Consumer Beware List for information on driving
        schools. They should also register any problems with a driving school
        on that site
    -   Choose a driving school from the list of ministry-approved Beginner
        Driver Education course providers
    -   Ask to meet with instructors before making any payments
    -   Visit Ontario's Consumer Protection Branch for more advice on how to
        make a smart decision when purchasing a good or service.

    Approximately 418 licensed Beginner Driver Education course providers at
663 locations, and 278 high schools deliver ministry-approved courses across
the province. More than 100,000 students graduate from a ministry-approved
Beginner Driver Education course annually.
    In 2007, the ministry removed 22 businesses from its list of approved
driving schools.

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For further information:

For further information: Nicole Lippa-Gasparro, Minister's Office, (416)
327-1815; Bob Nichols, Communications Branch, (416) 327-1158; Public
Inquiries: (416) 235-4686 (GTA), 1-800-268-4686 toll free, 1-866-471-8929 TTY

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