Temporary road test centre coming to Niagara Falls to burnout backlog
The DriveTest centre will operate from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week
A temporary road test centre will pop up in Niagara Falls next week in order to cut down on the backlog that built up during the pandemic.
It will open at 6080 McLeod Road on Oct. 18 and offer G2 and G road tests seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., according to a media release from the Ministry of Transportation.
"Opening a temporary road test centre in Niagara Falls will help increase testing capacity across the DriveTest network," stated Niagara West MPP Sam Oosterhoff in the release.
Ontario's government has a "strategic plan" to chip away at the backlog, he added.
Those wishing to book a road test at the new centre can sign up online starting as early as October 14.
The backlog piled up to 700,000 tests as of the end of July, causing frustration for aspiring drivers.
Those whose tests were cancelled because of COVID-19 restrictions are being prioritized for new appointments with a credit in the booking system, according to the province.
The province responded with a plan to hire 251 temporary examiners and to extend hours at testing centres.
Masks are mandatory for anyone attending at DriveTest centre, along with hand sanitizer and a COVID-19 customer screening.