New Regulations for Canadian Drivers

If you’re driving in Canada catch up on these new driving laws.

New Year, New Regulations. As of January 1, 2019, the Provincial Government of Ontario has begun enforcing new driving laws to discourage distracted driving. Here are some of the new regulations and penalties you should know before you get behind the wheel.

Driving Documents and Paperwork

  • Not carrying a driver’s license when driving: $250
  • Failure to notify MTO of address change after 6 days: $230
  • Driving without insurance, causing an accident:
    • $5,000
    • License suspension for 5 years

Driving Infractions

  • Driving through a Red Light: $900
  • Failure to Full stop at a Stop Sign: $270
  • Crossing Double Solid Yellow Lines: $500
  • Car Pool Lane Violations: $505
  • Passing School Bus when lights are flashing: $885
  • Parking in Bus Lane or Zone: $900
  • U-Turns and Turning violations: $350

Speeding Infractions

  • Speeding (From 1 – 15 Km over): $250
  • Speeding (From 16 – 25 Km over): $450
  • Driving too slowly: $399

Driving Safety Violations

  • Failure to turn on head lights (30 minutes) before dark: $200
  • Tint too dark on door glass: $199
  • Failure to wear seat belt: $200
  • Children not wearing seat belts or not in accordance with Highway Traffic Act: $599

Distracted Driving

Holding or using cell phones while driving

  • 1st Conviction: a fine of up to $1000, 3 Day License Suspension  and 3 Demerit Points
    New drivers face 30-day license suspension
  • 2nd Conviction: a fine of up to $2000, 7 Day License Suspension  and 6 Demerit Points
    New drivers face 90-day license suspension
  • 3rd Conviction: a fine of up to $3000, 30 Day License Suspension  and 3 Demerit Points
    New drivers facing a cancellation of your licence and removal from the Graduated Licensing System

To find out more about the new driving regulations in details and more tips to avoid distracted driving, visit the Official Website of the Ontario Government.

By: Brandon Pham

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