5 New Ontario Driving Laws Taking Effect September 1
On September 1, 2015, the rules of the road will be updated to help keep Ontarians safe. Changes include tougher penalties for distracted driving, new rules to protect cyclists and measures to ensure the safety of tow truck drivers and children riding school buses.
Getting Tougher on Distracted Driving
Penalties for distracted driving will include an increased set fine of $490* and three demerit points upon conviction. Novice drivers will receive a minimum 30-day suspension for the first conviction and longer suspensions for subsequent convictions.
Keeping Cyclists Safe
The “dooring” of cyclists will carry an increased set fine of $365* and three demerit points upon conviction. New rules will also require drivers to leave a one-metre distance where possible when passing cyclists, or they may face the penalty of a $110* set fine and two demerit points. Cyclists who don’t use the required bicycle lights and reflectors face a higher set fine of $110.*
Staying Alert Around Tow Trucks and School Buses
Drivers must now leave a safe passing distance between themselves and tow trucks stopped on the roadside to provide assistance. Failing to slow down and move over for a tow truck can result in a set fine of $490.* School buses will be more recognizible — they will now be the only buses permitted to be chrome yellow.
New Rules of the Road Effective September 1, 2015
|Current||Penalty Effective September 1, 2015|
|Distracted Driving||$60 – $500 fine||$490* fine and three demerit points; minimum 30-day suspension for novice drivers|
|“Dooring” of cyclists or vehicles||$60 – $500 fine||$365* fine and three demerit points|
|Passing cyclists||None||Drivers must leave a one-metre distance when passing cyclists or face a $110* fine and two demerit points; $180* fine and two demerit points for failing to leave a one-metre distance when passing cyclists in a community safety zone|
|Improper lighting on bicycle||$20 set fine||$110* fine|
|Slow Down, Move Over||Slow Down, Move Over for emergency vehicles stopped at roadside to assist||Slow Down, Move Over requirement now also includes tow trucks stopped at roadside to assist; $490* fine for violation|
* Fine as listed is set fine including Victim Fine Surcharge and court costs