New Rules of the Road – Effective Sept 1st

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New Rules of the Road Effective September 1, 2015

* Fine as listed is set fine including Victim Fine Surcharge and court costs

  Current Penalty Effective September 1, 2015
Distracted Driving $60 – $500 fine $490* fine and three demerit points; minimum 30-day suspension for novice drivers
“Dooring” of cyclists or vehicles $60 – $500 fine $365* fine and three demerit points
Passing cyclists None 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 $20 set fine $110* fine
Slow Down, Move Over Slow Down, Move Over for emergency vehicles stopped at roadside to assist Slow Down, Move Over requirement now also includes tow trucks stopped at roadside to assist; $490* fine for violation

Additional Changes from Bill 31 – Making Ontario’s Roads Safer Act

Effective January 1, 2016

  • Drivers must yield the whole roadway to pedestrians at school crossings and pedestrian crossovers.

Expected Spring 2016

  • Municipalities will have enhanced ability to charge out-of-province individuals caught by red light cameras.

Expected Fall 2016

  • New penalties for drug-impaired driving that mirror penalties for alcohol-impaired driving.
  • Extending remedial measures and ignition interlock requirements to any accumulation of alcohol/drug impaired driving under the Highway Traffic Act.

Expected Spring 2017


Patrick Searle Minister’s Office

Bob Nichols Communications Branch


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#BikeMonthWR Challenge, June 1-30

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Why not leave the car behind and bike to work? Throughout June, log your bike trips on for a chance to win great prizes including:

  • A $500 gift card to your choice of King Street Cycles, Ziggy’s Cycles, or Grand River Cycle
  • 1 of 2 $100 Canadian Tire gift cards
  • 1 of 5 $50 Cineplex gift cards

Ready to try? Log a bike trip!

Full contest details are available here.

Help Promote:

Have an exciting biking story or picture of your ride? Share it by tweeting #BikeMonthWR

Want to challenge your office to get involved too? Check out our poster series to help promote Bike Month at your workplace:
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Third Annual Cycle for Angels – May 31

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If you care about safe cycling in KW, come out to the third annual Cycle for Angels. Cycle for Angels is a family and kid-friendly 3 km bike ride in Uptown Waterloo to promote “sharing the road” and to remember those hurt or killed while cycling locally. The event is led by members of Waterloo
Regional Police Services and begins at 2 pm in the CIGI parking lot at Caroline and Father David Bauer Drive. The ride is free – all we ask is that you wear a helmet and a white shirt.