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What is the difference between G, G1 and G2 license?

 
vemuri
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What is the difference between G, G1 and G2 license?
Hi all,

Can some one explain about the difference between G , G1 and G2 licenses.

I have dubai (U.A.E) driving license and can I get my license transfered in Canada? What is the procedure to get the license in canada? What are the precautions to be taken as a new license holder?

Thanks and regards

V.Rama Swamy


 
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sanjeevm
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There is a Grduated Licensing Process in Ontario, Canada to get driver's license. Unfortunately, you can not transfer your Dubai license direct to Canadian license but the ministry will give you the exemption of waiting period for getting your G2 or G license. Graduated licensing works:
When you become 16 (for Canadians), you are eligible to take learners license (G1). You pass a written test and you get it. after G1, you have to wait for minimum 12 months to get G2 license so that you can start driving the car independently. But if you are taking Driver's Training Certificate from a Ministry approved school, your waiting period is reduced to 8 months. After getting G2, you can go in for G license which is considered full license.
But if you have back home experience for more than 2 yrs, you do not have to wait 8 months or 1 year and more over you are eligible to take G license straight. BUT FROM INSURANCE POINT OF VIEW, TAKING G DIRECTLY IS AN DISADVANTAGE. Because then the insurance companies would say : YOU DO NOT HAVE CANADIAN DRIVING EXPERIENCE. So even if you are eligible to take G directly, I would advise, do not go for that. Take G1 first, also get Driver training Certificate, if you can wait for 8 months, thats fine other wise take G2, start driving the car and then after few months, take G license. that way, you get discounts for DTC as well Graduated Licensing process which you may not be eligible for if you take G straight without DTC.
The logic behind the 'DISADVANTAGE' is that if you compare your situation with a Canadian born person, he will have to wait more to be able to drive the car where as you come today and start driving tomorrow. Why should the insurance companies give you the same rates which they would give to a person who has waited and has Canadian driving experience????
In canada, DRIVING IS NOT YOUR RIGHT, IT IS A PRIVILEGE

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vemuri
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Thanks a lot Mr sanjeevm,

G1 is a learner's license , G2 is the license with which you can drive independently and G is the full license.

Is there any restriction for G2 license holders that they should not enter Highways etc., What is the difference between G2 and G.

In India or even in U.A.E., we have learner's license and a license. that is it.

Why is this G2 existing in Canada? Could you please explain.

Thanks a lot once again

Rama Swamy


 
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Visit MTO site and you will get all information. You can search in google for the site or it is listed on this site under "Useful Canadian Links"

With G2 there are only two restrications:

Your alchohol level must be zero

The number of passengers in your car must be limited to number of working seat belts.

This is what I know so far.

You can drive on highways without any restrications with G2.


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sanjeevm
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You are right, Garvo. There are only these two restrictions with G2. Lot of peole have a misconception that they can not drive on highways with G2 license whereas it is wrong. I drove on highway right on the same day, I got my G2.
Actually, this all has been created mostly by our own people and that too mostly by driving instructors because they want you to take the test as quickly as possible (chances of failure and re-appear are more;) ) and that too with many lessons so that they can make good money.

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Bombay_boy
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Hi all,
Quote:
Orginally posted by sanjeevm
In canada, DRIVING IS NOT YOUR RIGHT, IT IS A PRIVILEGE



Even in India \"DRIVING IS NOT YOUR RIGHT, IT IS A PRIVILEGE\" that's what my Drivers Lic said:D

Ravi......


 
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vicky98
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driving lessons
1st time on canadian desi.Pls help me.
I have taken G2 already.I hav good experience of driving in dubai with a letter also.Now i want to apply 4 G.I guess if i take few lessons to know canadian rules that r diffrent from dubai, i shud be ok.But i hav heard that if i don't hav a cerificate i hav to pay more on insurance.What shud i do?Can u also suggest me which driving school can giv me best price..

Vikas


 
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Can we drive indipendantly on highway (alone) after getting G2???

 
Post ID: 121069 28-05-08 14:23:50
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These are the only restrictions outlined in the official website.

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Class G2
New drivers must hold a G2 licence for a minimum of 12 months before they can attempt the G2 road test. At this level, you have more privileges because of your driving experience. You may drive without an accompanying driver on all Ontario roads anytime. However, you are still required to:

· maintain a zero blood alcohol level while driving;

· ensure the number of passengers in the vehicle is limited to the number of working seat belts.

Our Graduated Licensing System has been a resounding success in reducing death and injury among novice drivers. Ontario research shows that new teenage drivers are almost three times more likely to be involved in a fatal or serious collision when they are carrying teenage passengers. In fact, research shows the more teenage passengers, the higher the risk.

To further protect youth on our roads, effective September 1, 2005: the number of young passengers that teen G2 drivers can carry will be limited from midnight to 5 a.m. as follows:

· Initially, G2 drivers 19 or under can carry only one passenger aged 19 or under.

· After the first six months, and until the G2 driver earns a full G licence or turns 20, they can carry only three passengers aged 19 or under.

The passenger restrictions do not apply if the G2 driver is operating a motor vehicle after 5 a.m. and before midnight.

These restrictions will not apply if the G2 driver is accompanied by a full "G" licensed driver (with at least four years driving experience) in the front seat, or if the passengers are immediate family members.

Thirty-one jurisdictions in Canada and the U.S. have some form of teenage passenger restrictions in effect.


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Post ID: 121071 28-05-08 14:44:09
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sant
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another benefit of having a G license over a G2 is while renewing after 5 years .
you have to redo the test to retain G2 ( if you havent upgraded to G ) .

if you have upgraded to G you just pay your fee and get a renewed license .

also if you submitted your license from abroad you may be eligible to directly apply for G license without waiting for 12 months ( depends how long you have been holding you license from abroad ) .



 
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