Questions are being raised about the professionalism of driving instructors in Ontario.
A Toronto Star investigation shows that roughly 300 driving instructors in this province have had their instructors licences revoked in the past 3 years due to inappropriate activity.
This includes selling booze to students, selling contraband cigarettes to them and selling drivers-ed certificates even though they had not completed the course. In those cases, some students reported completing the course, paid their money but didn't receive a certificate.
For about a year now the Star has been trying to get the names of these individual instructors who have had their licences revoked, but the Ministry of Transportation refuses to reveal them on the grounds that it would be an unjustified invasion of personal privacy.
Ministry lawyer Todd Milton says, "The fact of the revocation is in itself highly sensitive and may unfairly harm the reputations of at least some of the third parties."
The Star also claims that another 50 instructor licenses were revoked because their licenses were cancelled. Another 123 were revoked because of demerit point accumulations.