A new set of traffic laws are set to come into effect province wide on Tuesday.
The new rules which are part of the “Making Ontario Roads Safer Act”, or Bill 31 will see heftier fines and demerit points for drivers who flaunt the law while also providing more protection to cyclists, tow truck and school buses.
The new laws include the expansion of the ”move over” law to include tow trucks, the change will require drivers to slow down and move into the next lane when they see a tow truck parked on the roadside with flashing lights activated. A fine of $490 dollars will apply to those who don’t comply.
Also included in the new laws are a raft of measures aimed at improving cyclist safety.
These include a new penalty on $365 dollars and three demerit points for drivers who open their door into the path of an oncoming cyclist.
Drivers must also now ensure a distance of at least one mere when passing cyclists of face a fine of between $110 and $180 hours and two demerit points.
Cyclists too face fines with regard to proper front and rear lighting.
Distracted driving also targeted with a $490 fine and three demerit points for those who are convicted of operating hand-held communication and electronic devices while driving.
While school buses are now the only buses that can be painted chrome yellow in an effort to make them more visible.