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Ontario's Government for the People to Explore New Ways to Improve Transportation Network

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Ontario's Government for the People to Explore New Ways to Improve Transportation Network

Ministry of Transportation

Proposed locations for the speed limit pilots:

  1. The Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW) from St. Catharines to Hamilton
  2. Highway 402 from London to Sarnia
  3. Highway 417 from Ottawa/Gloucester to the Ontario/Quebec border

Increased Signage

Public safety on our roads and highways is our number one priority. During these pilots, we are adding extra safety measures, such as increased signage and messaging to make sure that all drivers know where the speed limits changes.

Enforcement

Ontario's government is committed to protecting drivers and keeping Ontario's highways safe by proposing to amend street-racing regulations to ensure that penalties are enforced at 150 km/h. This means that in the speed limit pilot zones, the street-racing penalties will apply at 40 km/h over the posted speed limit, not the usual 50 km/h over.

Speed Limit Consultations

A formal pilot consultation process will begin in June and will continue while the pilot is underway.

Pilot launch date

The pilot protect will begin in mid-September, the tentative start date is September 16, 2019.

Background on Speed Limits

The following chart outlines the maximum posted speed limit on highways in other provinces and territories in Canada as well as the year they came into effect.

Jurisdiction

Maximum Speed Limit (km/h)

Date of Increase

Alberta

110

1993

British Columbia

120

2014

Manitoba

110

2009

New Brunswick

110

2001

Nova Scotia

110

1997

Saskatchewan

110

2008

Other provinces/territories

90 - 100

N/A

Fines and Penalties

The government does not tolerate any driving behaviour that puts the lives of drivers themselves and other road users at risk.

This chart outlines statutory penalties for speeding in Ontario according to the speed a driver is caught travelling above a posted limit. Fines in bold print indicate the amount of the fine when caught speeding in community safety zones and constructions zones when workers are present.

Speeding over limit by:

HTA Fine

Victim Fine Surcharge

Court Cost

Total Payable

Demerits Points

1 km/h - 15 km/h

$3.00 per km/h over, or $6.00 per km/h over

$10

$10-$20

$5

$5

$18-$60

$21-$115

0

16 km/h - 19 km/h

$3.00 per km/h over, or $6.00 per km/h over

$10-$15

$20-$25

$5

$5

$63-$77

$121-$144

3

20 km/h - 29 km/h

$4.50 per km/h over, or $9.00 per km/h over

$20-25

$35-$60

$5

$5

$115-$160.50

$220-$326

3

30 km/h - 34 km/h

$7.00 per km/h over, or $14.00 per km/h over

$50

$95-$110

$5

$5

$265-$293

$520-$591

4

35 km/h - 49 km/h

$7.00 per km/h over, or $14.00 per km/h over

$50-$75

$110-$125

$5

$5

$300-$423

$605-$816

4

50 km/h +

$9.75 per km/h over, or $19.50 per km/h over

$110+

$125+

$5

$5

$602.50+

$1,105+

6

50 km/h + & Section 172 (1)

Under the Highway Traffic Act, street racers can be charged with street racing, driving contest or driving stunt under Section 172 (1).

The definition of a "stunt" includes driving 50 km/h or more above the posted speed limit. Drivers speeding at this rate of speed should be charged under Section 172 (1).

At Roadside

 

Seven-day vehicle impoundment and seven-day licence suspension at roadside if the driver is involved in a street race, a driving contest or a driving stunt.

Following Conviction

 

Fine ranging from minimum of $2,000 to maximum of $10,000; jail term up to six months and licence suspension up to two years or six demerit points. Court-ordered maximum 10-year driver licence suspension for second conviction, if it occurs within 10 years of the first conviction.

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