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New Ontario Rules of the Road Effective September 1, 2015

Effective September 1, 2015, the rules of the road will be updated by the Ontario Ministry of Transportation.

Effective September 1, 2015, the Ministry of Transportation will update the rules of the road as follows:

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

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

Source: Ministry of Transportation

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