In September 2015, Ontario enacted legislation in an attempt to make the road safer for people on bicycles.
Drivers need to take heed of some of these changes:
- All drivers of motor vehicles are required to maintain a minimum distance of one metre, where practical, when passing cyclists on highways. The penalty for not leaving a minimum one-metre passing distance is a set fine of $85.00 plus a $5 court fee plus a $20 victim surcharge fine for a total payable of $110.00. Contesting such a ticket in court may result in a $500.00 fine and a 2 demerit point charge.
- Persons who improperly open or leave opened the doors of motor vehicles on highways face increased penalties (commonly known as “dooring”). The new penalties for improper opening of a vehicle door (for driver or passenger) are a set fine of $300.00 upon conviction and 3 demerit points. The total payable fine is $365.00 ($set fine plus $60 victim fine surcharge and $5 court costs). Note that this fine also applies to other vehicles as well, not just bicycles.