Legislation Changes

 PEDESTRIAN SAFETY - effective January 1, 2016 

  • Drivers must allow pedestrians (including the crossing guard) to completely cross at a school and pedestrian crossing before moving forward, current rules says driver must only yield half the crossing. This new rule is for school crossings and pedestrian crossovers only.

A school crossing is any pedestrian crossing facility where a school crossing guard is present and is displaying a school crossing stop sign.

Drivers and cyclists must wait until children, school crossing guards and all pedestrians have completely crossed the road.

A pedestrian crossover is a pedestrian crossing facility identified by specific signs, pavement markings and overhead lights in combination with pedestrian-activated flashing beacons. It is not a crosswalk at a signalized intersection.

Drivers and cyclists must wait until pedestrians have completely crossed the road.

Illustration of crosswalks at an intersection with traffic signals and pedestrian signals. This does not fall under the new rule.

 


 

PROPERTY DAMAGE ONLY COLLISION REPORTING - effective September 1, 2015

  • The threshold at which property damage only collisions must be reported to police has been increased from $1,000 to $2,000.

 


 

SLOW DOWN, MOVE OVER - effective September 1, 2015

  • Tow Trucks are added to the list of vehicles for which motorists are required to slow down and move over if they are stopped on the side of the road with their amber lights flashing. A set fine of $400 was established.

 


 

 CYCLING- effective September 1, 2015

  • The general penalty will now apply to cyclists who do not comply with bicycle lighting requirements (the $20 fine has been repealed). A set fine of $85 was established.
  • Drivers will be required to leave a distance of at least one-metre while passing a bicyclist. A set fine of $85 was established and a set fine of $150 in community safe zones. 2 demerit points are to apply upon conviction.
  • Dooring of bicyclists, a set fine of $300 was established. 3 demerit points are to apply upon conviction.

 


 

 DISTRACTED DRIVING

  • Fines jump to between $300 to $1,000, from the current $60 to $500.
  • Three demerit points if convicted of a distracted driving offence.
  • Distracted driving added to list of novice driver conditions:
    1st offence - 30 day licence suspension
    2nd offence - 90 day licence suspension
    3rd offence - licence revoked