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New Rules of the Road Effective September 1, 2015


New Rules of the Road Effective September 1, 2015

Ministry of Transportation

* Fine as listed is set fine including Victim Fine Surcharge and court costs



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


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

Additional Changes from Bill 31 - Making Ontario's Roads Safer Act

Effective January 1, 2016

  • Drivers must yield the whole roadway to pedestrians at school crossings and pedestrian crossovers.

Expected Spring 2016

  • Municipalities will have enhanced ability to charge out-of-province individuals caught by red light cameras.

Expected Fall 2016

  • New penalties for drug-impaired driving that mirror penalties for alcohol-impaired driving.
  • Extending remedial measures and ignition interlock requirements to any accumulation of alcohol/drug impaired driving under the Highway Traffic Act.

Expected Spring 2017

Media Contacts

  • Patrick Searle

    Minister’s Office


  • Bob Nichols

    Communications Branch




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