In an effort to ensure Ontario’s roads and highways are safer, the new road rules have a common theme: respecting other people’s need for space to ensure their safety. Drivers are now required to:
1. Give Cyclists Some Room
When passing cyclists, drivers must maintain a minimum distance of one metre (approximately three feet) where possible. The fine will be $110 (this includes the set fine, Victim Fine Surcharge, and court costs) and two demerit points. If you fail to give a cyclist the space needed in a designated community safety zone, the fine will be even greater at $180 and two demerit points.
2. Slow Down and Move Over for Tow Trucks
Since 2003, drivers have been expected to slow down and move over for police and other first responders when stopped at the side of the road with their flashers on. The law now also applies to tow truck drivers as well. Fines will start at $490.
3. Increased Traffic Fines
Along with new road rules, the Act also introduced new penalties of existing laws to encourage compliance.
- Increased fines for distracted driving
Fines will increase to a minimum of $490 along with three demerit points. Novice drivers will be looking at a minumum 30-day licence suspension.
- Increased fines for “dooring” a cyclist
Fines will start at $365 with three demerit points.
- Increased fines for cyclists with improper lighting
Once a $20 fine, the new fines will be $110
**Information derived from online sources.