On Monday, the Province announced new legislation that would improve
cyclist safety on Ontario's roads and highways. If passed, the
proposed Keeping Ontario's Roads Safe Act and
supporting amendments to the Highway Traffic Act will:
Increase fines for distracted driving from a range of $60
– $500 to a range of $300 – $1,000 and assign three
demerit points upon conviction
Increase fines for drivers for dooring cyclists from a range of
$60 – $500 to range of $300 – $1,000 and raise the
demerit points from two to three
Require all drivers to maintain a distance of one metre when
For cyclists, the fine for having improper lights or reflective
equipment would go up from $20 to $500.
These changes address some of the issues raised by the Chief
Coroner in his 2012 Report, Cycling Death Review. For example, the report
identified driver inattention as a contributing factor in 28% of
The report also addressed the importance of a one meter passing
Notwithstanding the potential challenges of [a one-meter passing
rule], the fact remains that a significant number – the
majority, in fact – of cycling deaths in our Review that
involved a motor vehicle occurred when the driver was attempting to
pass the cyclist from behind. Often, the driver attempted to pass
the cyclist without waiting for a gap in traffic in the adjacent or
oncoming lane such that it would allow the driver to move to the
left in order to afford the cyclist a safe distance when passing.
In order to support and emphasize the need for drivers to allow of
a safe distance when passing a cyclist, the OCCO recommends the
introduction of a one-meter / three-foot passing rule.
On January 25, 2013, the Minister of Transportation signed a regulation amending the Minimum Maintenance Standards for Municipal Highways, O. Reg. 239/02 ("MMS"), under the Municipal Act, 2001, S.O. 2001, c. 25 ("Municipal Act").
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