New Ontario rules of the road effective September 1, 2015

Effective September 1, 2015, the Ministry of Transportation in Ontario will update the rules of the road.

Posted on September 1, 2015 | Updated on January 14, 2024

Distracted driving

Current: $60 – $500 fine
New: $490* fine and three demerit points; minimum 30-day suspension for novice drivers

“Dooring” of cyclists or vehicles

Current: $60 – $500 fine
New: $365* fine and three demerit points

Passing cyclists

Current: None
New: 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

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Improper lighting on bicycle

Current: $20 set fine
New: $110* fine

Slow down, move over

Current: Slow Down, Move Over for emergency vehicles stopped at the roadside to assist
New: Slow Down, Move Over requirement now also includes tow trucks stopped at the roadside to assist; $490* fine for violation

Source: Ministry of Transportation

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