Lake Simcoe School of Motoring

Putting you at ease behind the wheel

TIP OF THE WEEK

Please take time and slow down on the roads. When entering the roadway, ensure it is safe to do so. Remember, you are the one to be charged if you enter unsafely.

Lake Simcoe School of Motoring is an MTO Approved Beginner Driver Education (BDE) Course Provider. WE TRAIN IN HIGH TRAFFIC SITUATIONS. WE TRAIN ON THE FREEWAY. WE TRAIN IN EMERGENCY SITUATIONS. Our programs are designed to meet the needs of new drivers regardless of their age, for private lessons in preparation for road test, for skill improvement lessons for experienced drivers, and driving proficiency evaluations for seniors.

Based in Keswick, Ontario, Lake Simcoe School of Motoring (LSSM) has been providing professional driver training to clients in upper York and Durham Regions for over 17 years. In that time we have developed a reputation for helping our students achieve their goals and a willingness to go the extra mile for our students. We are a local driving school with ties to our community and we take pride in our commitment to our students.

Take the time to Learn the Right Way. We offer many comprehensive Defensive Driving Courses that will teach you not only how to pass the Ontario road tests, but how to survive on Southern Ontario roads.

LSSM News

NEW PRICES & PAYMENT METHODS

Here at Lake Simcoe School of Motoring, we are now introducing new courses and pricing. Pick your package, how much you want to learn, and we can help you achieve your personal driving goals. See our PRICING LIST page for more information. Payment methods we accept include CASH, CHEQUE, VISA, MASTERCARD, AMERICAN EXPRESS, DEBIT and now E-TRANSFER, GOOGLE PAY AND APPLE PAY.

WHAT COURSE SHOULD I TAKE?

As a G1 Driver, there are a lot of limitations on you that then go away as you move your licensing to the higher levels. We offer many different courses designed to prepare you for all driving possibilities.

BASIC - Learn all the information you will need to prepare you for being a competent driver, and to help you pass your road test. Prices start at $464.60+HST for 10 hrs in car, 20 hrs in class.

TRAFFIC - Here we will take you to heavier traffic situations, introducing you to advanced seeing skills, the true importance of keeping space, and the concept of critical thinking. Prices start at $508.85+HST for 11 hrs in car, 20 hrs in class.

FREEWAY - Once you get your G2, you will be able to drive on the 400 series freeways here in Southern Ontario by yourself. Learn how to merge and manoeuvre on these busy routes the correct way. Did you know that the 401 is the busiest freeway in North America, if not the world? Prices start at $508.85+HST for 11 hrs in car, 20 hrs in class.

EMERGENCY MANOEUVRES - We want everyone to stay safe out there on our roads. Unfortunately things do happen. Learn how to correctly control your vehicle in an emergency, high speed situation. Prices start at $535.40+HST for 11 hrs in car, 20 hrs in class.

ROAD TEST PACKAGES - Pair the road test in with your regular course packages and use our cars for the road test. Our instructor would pick you up 2.5 hrs before your test time, in a vehicle guaranteed to work, that you are familiar with, take you to practice, do the test and bring you back. This also saves you at least $15 over paying for things separately. The higher the course package the more you can save. Prices start at $592.92+HST for 14 hrs in car, 20 hrs in class.

Upcoming Courses - Spots Filling Fast

Saturday, November 24, 2018

  • 2 Weekend Course in Keswick

Saturday, December 8, 2018

  • 2 Weekend Course in Beaverton

Thursday, December 27, 2018

  • 4 Day Christmas Course in Keswick

See the Register page for more courses and online registration

Ministry of Transportation News

NEW CHANGES COMING TO DISTRACTED DRIVING LAWS

New changes have gone through the Ontario Legislature that will impact the laws regarding Distracted Driving. The new fines and penalties come into effect January 1, 2019.

Fully licensed drivers will see:

  • For your first conviction:
    • a fine of up to $1,000
    • three demerit points
    • a three-day day driver’s licence suspension
  • For your second conviction within 5 years:
    • a fine of up to $2,000
    • six demerit points
    • a seven-day driver’s licence suspension
  • For your third and all subsequent convictions within 5 years:
    • a fine of up to $3,000
    • six demerit points
    • a 30-day driver’s licence suspension

Novice drivers

Effective January 1, 2019, if you hold a G1, G2, M1 or M2 licence, and are convicted of distracted driving, you’ll face the same escalating fines as drivers with A to G licences but you won’t receive any demerit points.

Instead of demerit points you’ll face:

  • a 30-day licence suspension for a first conviction
  • a 90-day licence suspension for a second conviction
  • cancellation of your licence and removal from the Graduated Licensing System (GLS) for a third conviction (which means at least 3 years before you can reapply)

EMERGENCY VEHICLES

Ontario Laws have changed for the colour of lights on Emergency Vehicles. Soon you may be seeing BLUE lights, in addition to the red and white lights, on FIRE VEHICLES and AMBULANCES / PARAMEDICS / EMS. BLUE lights were added to POLICE VEHICLES here in Ontario back in 2008 to allow them to be more visible in poor conditions and at night.

IMPAIRED DRIVING

If police determine that you are driving while impaired you will face penalties immediately. You will also face additional consequences later if you are convicted in court. The penalties you face can vary depending on your age, licence type, the amount of alcohol or drugs in your system, and how many times you have been convicted.

Immediate Penalties

Starting July 1, 2018, Ontario will have tougher penalties for young and novice drivers who have alcohol in their system and will add matching penalties for drugs. There will also be new penalties for commercial vehicle drivers who have the presence of alcohol or drugs in their system.

Penalties for a BAC in the Warn Range, Failing a Standardized Field Sobriety Test or Violating Zero Tolerance

If your blood alcohol concentration is 0.05 or higher, you fail a roadside sobriety test or you violate the zero tolerance requirements for young, novice and commercial drivers that begin on July 1, you will face:

First offence

  • 3-day licence suspension
  • $250 penalty (begins January 2019)

Second offence within 5 years

  • 7-day licence suspension*
  • Mandatory education program programs (for a second occurrence within 10 years)
  • $350 (begins January 2019)

Third and subsequent offence within 5 years

  • 30-day licence suspension*
  • You must attend a mandatory treatment program (for third and subsequent occurrences within 10 years)
  • You will be required to use an ignition interlock device for at least six months (for third and subsequent occurrences within 10 years)
  • $450 penalty (begins January 2019)
  • You will need to have a mandatory medical evaluation that could result in an extended licence suspension.

You will also face a $198 licence reinstatement penalty for each offence, and you may also be charged under the Highway Traffic Act. If convicted you will face an additional suspension and a fine.

If you are a novice driver with a G1, G2, M1 or M2 licence and your licence has been suspended three times for violating zero tolerance requirements for drugs and/or alcohol, you will have your licence cancelled and you will have to retake all your driving tests.

*3-day licence suspension for commercial drivers who violate zero tolerance requirements

Penalties for a BAC Over the Legal Limit, Refuse Testing or Impairment

If you refuse to take a drug or alcohol test, you register a BAC over 0.08 or if a drug recognition evaluator determines that you are impaired, you will face:

  • 90-day licence suspension
  • 7-day vehicle impoundment
  • $550 penalty (begins January 2019)
  • You must attend a mandatory education or treatment program (for second and subsequent occurrences within 10 years)
  • You will be requirement to use an ignition interlock device for at least 6 months (for third and subsequent occurrences within 10 years)

Additional Penalties if Convicted in Court

If you are a young or novice driver convicted in court for violating the zero tolerance requirements for drugs and/or alcohol, your driver's licence will be suspended again for at least 30 days and you will receive an additional $60-$500 fine.

No matter what age or licence you have, if you are convicted criminally of impaired driving in court, you can face additional fines and jail time, plus:

First offence

  • Licence suspension of at least 1 year
  • You must attend a mandatory education or treatment program
  • Requirement to use an ignition interlock device for at least 1 year
  • You will need to have a mandatory medical evaluation that could result in an extended licence suspension.

Second offence within 10 years

  • Licence suspension of at least 3 years
  • You must attend a mandatory education or treatment program
  • Requirement to use an ignition interlock device for at least 3 years
  • You will need to have a mandatory medical evaluation that could result in an extended licence suspension

Third or more offence within 10 years

  • Lifetime licence suspension, which may be reduced after 10 years if you meet certain criteria to reduce the penalty
  • Mandatory education or treatment programs
  • Requirement to use an ignition interlock device for at least 6 years
  • You will need to have a mandatory medical evaluation that could result in an extended licence suspension