- Dec 7, 2005
- '10 Toyota Matrix XR
Get your theory at 16 to get your G1. Go through driver's ed (wait 8 months) or wait for one year to get your G2 (practical). Wait another year to get your G (full license, practical test as well). Each level has restrictions associated with it.
Plates, pretty much anything goes except the not so lovely words but it has been known that custom plates that had something interesting, got through. The customized plates are expensive though (well I find them expensive).
Insurance? Lets not go there but if you are a young driver get ready to be raped. Full coverage would be easily $3000+. I lucked out and only paid $88 just for liability insurance on a base 2 door FWD coupe.
Modifications? Go crazy but get ready to pay some astronomical insurance rates since the insurance companies will rape you on that or refuse to give you insurance. But you also have to comply with emission testing here.
Ah, but Ontario is not the whole of Canada, let me tell you about the magical land of Saskatchewan.
At 15, you get a learner's license for passing the written test. You can only drive with immediate family for the most part, and must have an experienced driver in the passenger seat.
At 16, you take the practical test, and if passed you're Novice 1 for six months. In that time period, only one passenger who isn't immediate family is allowed, plus a bunch of other arbitrary restrictions.
After the 6 months, you're Novice 2 for 12 months. Fewer arbitrary restrictions, can't be a commercial driver, can't supervise, if you are at fault in an accident or caught driving like a dick you might have to relearn how to drive properly and the Novice 2 period is extended.
One curious thing is it says passengers are limited by seatbelts for both novice cases, suggesting that once you get a full class five you can pack your car like a sardine can.
For insurance, plates through SGI (the only source) come with some basic insurance, starts at $500-ish annually for something older, little over $1000 for something new. I think there is also some antique plates that run really cheap, though the car has to be driven very little. You can also get some extra insurance that runs an extra $200 or so annually. Plates go down if you aren't at fault in a crash or get caught driving like a dick, up to 15% off as I recall.
Plates are only required on the back, which is nice, because they used to be required on the front and made cars look terrible. All Sask. plates are green, and there are few novelty ones but you can pay $50 to say you like the local football team. I won't though, because I'm inexplicably fond of my plate number.
I don't know about mods, but I don't think SGI cares overall.