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Driver's licence laws
Vehicle impoundment program

To counter the dangerous behaviours of impaired and suspended driving, Ontario law includes seven-day vehicle impoundments for: 

  • Drivers operating a vehicle while under a Highway Traffic Act licence suspension (excluding suspensions for defaulted fines or medical conditions)
  • Drivers required to have a vehicle ignition interlock device and are caught driving without such a device
  • All drivers caught with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) over 0.08 or who fail/refuse to comply with a demand to provide a breath sample made by a police officer under the Criminal Code of Canada

These vehicle impoundments apply regardless of whether the vehicle is borrowed from a friend or family member, used for business or employment purposes, rented or leased.

The Vehicle Impoundment Program makes vehicle owners responsible for ensuring that anyone driving their vehicles is not suspended.