Bill 31 - A LIST OF NEW ROAD RULES IN ONTARIO

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.

DRUG-IMPAIRED DRIVING

  • Roadside suspensions of three, seven, 30 and 90 days.
  • Seven-day impoundment of vehicle.
  • Treatment or remedial education may be ordered.
  • Ignition interlock condition can be applied.

DRUNK DRIVING

  • Repeat offenders would have to complete alcohol education program, treatment and monitoring.

PEDESTRIANS AND CYCLISTS

  • Drivers must allow pedestrians to completely cross at a school and pedestrian crossing before moving forward, current rules says driver must only yield half the crossing.
  • Cyclists will be allowed to use paved shoulders on unrestricted highways.
  • Dooring a cyclist will carry a fine of $300 to $1,000, up from the current $60 to $500, on conviction.
  • Dooring a cyclist will come with three demerit points, up from two demerit points, on conviction.
  • Drivers required to keep a distance of one metre while passing cyclists where practical.
  • Fine for failure to use required bicycle lights and other reflective equipment rises to $60 to $500 from current maximum of $20.
  • Cyclists will be allowed to use flashing red lights as safety feature on bikes.

MEDICALLY UNFIT DRIVERS, DRIVERS WITH MEDICAL CONDITIONS

  • Bill strengthens mandatory and discretionary medical reporting requirements for conditions that impact driving ability.
  • More medical professionals will be allowed to report conditions impacting driving.

TRUCK AND TOW TRUCKS

  • Longer trucks allowed — maximum B-train double trailer combinations be extended to 27.5 metres from 25 metres.
  • Slow Down, Move Over requirement for motorists would apply to two trucks at side or roadside incidents when amber lights engaged, not just first responders like police.

VEHICLE PLATE DENIAL

  • License plate denial expanded to those who do not pay Provincial Offences Act (POA) fines for offences such as speeding, improper lane changes, illegal turns, driving with no insurance and careless driving.
  • Municipalities given more tools to charge and prosecute individuals from out-of-province who run red lights and fail to stop for school buses.

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