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How many passengers can a G1 driving carry in the car?


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As the Ontario, Canada Ministry of Transportation (MTO) states, as a G1 driver, you are required to:

  • maintain a zero blood alcohol level while driving;
  • be accompanied by a fully licensed driver, who has at least four years driving experience, and a blood alcohol level of less than .05 per cent, in case he/she needs to take over the wheel;
  • ensure the accompanying driver is the only other person in the front seat;
  • ensure the number of passengers in the vehicle is limited to the number of working seat belts;
  • refrain from driving on Ontario's "400-series" highways or on high speed expressways such as the Queen Elizabeth Way, Don Valley Parkway, Gardiner Expressway, E.C. Row Expressway and the Conestoga Parkway (if your accompanying driver is a driving instructor licensed in Ontario, you may drive on any road);
  • refrain from driving between midnight and 5:00 a.m.

So as far as passenger restrictions are concerned, according to this information from the MTO you can only have your supervising fully licensed driver in the front seat with you and the number of other passengers you can carry with you is limited to the number of seat belts you have in your vehicle.

Each person in the vehicle must have a seat belt, so everyone is protected and your vehicle is not over-crowded. It does not mention any age restrictions for the passengers you carry since you have an accompanying adult with you.

As you should be aware, in Ontario a new driver must hold a G1 license for a minimum of 12 months before attempting the G1 road test. This time can be reduced to eight months if you successfully complete an approved driver education course. Drivers earn more privileges after passing their G1 road test.

If you have more questions regarding the conditions or restrictions concerning your G1, including amount and age of passengers, contact the MTO directly.

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