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III. Other ways to lose your licence
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

If you are caught driving while your licence is suspended for a Criminal Code offence, the vehicle you are driving will be impounded for a minimum of 45 days.

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.