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    Many residents in Ontario have spent a large portion of time during the pandemic to book a driving test, which used to be a relatively simple task. A Brampton, Ontario resident, Anumeha Thakur originally had a G license test in the spring of 2020 but it was canceled because of COVID-19. She then booked a test in January but it was scrapped due to the province-wide lockdown.

    She later managed to secure a test in September but she failed and now has to hunt down another available exam. She said now her search through the province’s online portal takes her all the way through to the end of next year. In a phone interview, Thakur said “It’s a real struggle,… I find it very hard because I want to be able to pass it. And you know, I’m trying, trying and I just can’t book it.”

    According to the Ministry of Transportation, close to 421,827 road tests have been canceled since March 2020. Due to the backlog, the province has allowed novice drivers with licenses expiring between March 1, 2020. And December 31, 2022, until the end of next year to pass and maintain or upgrade their licenses.

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