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Can a G1 driver, drive beside of a G2 licensed passenger? Would that be considered a "fully licensed" accompanying passenger?


No, a G2 license holder is not yet fully licensed and thus could not count as your accompanying passenger if you only hold a G1.

A G1 is basically a learner's permit while a G2 is a provisional or intermediate license. The full G is what is a considered a full driver's license in Ontario. While the years you have your G1 and G2 might count toward your years of experience you need a fully licensed G driver as your supervising driver in Ontario, Canada while you are learning to drive with your G1.

With a G1 you are to 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.

As a G1 driver, you are also required to:

  • maintain a zero blood alcohol level while driving;
  • 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 with a posted speed limit of over 80 km/h or on high speed expressways such as the Queen Elizabeth Way, Don Valley Parkway, Gardiner Expressway, E.C. Row Expressway and the Conestoga Parkway.

One purpose of the accompany or supervising passenger being a fully licensed driver is that in case the circumstance calls for it he or she can take over and operate the vehicle. A person with a G2 still has some restrictions in place regarding their level of license however the driver has more privileges because of their driving experience.

You can contact the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) in Ontario for more information on what they consider a fully licensed driver and what the penalties would be if you were caught as a G1 driver operating a vehicle with only a G2 licensed passenger instead of one with a fully licensed G. When you have passed your road test and are licensed with a G2 or full G, contact us for a Canadian auto insurance rate quote.

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