Increased Fines Under the Highway Traffic Act

Amendments to the Highway Traffic Act that increase penalties for a number of offences are now in effect.

The new amendments came into effect on Monday.

As of February 5, the minimum fine for infractions such as driving without a valid licence; failing to provide proof of insurance; illegal vehicle modifications; and driving without clearing snow from a windshield is increased to $100. The maximum fines have also been increased.

The amendments to the legislation were announced in November and build upon other measures taken by the Provincial Government to improve road safety, such as the recent changes to impaired driving legislation, increased penalties for excessive speeding, stunting and street racing, and changes that allow charges to be laid against the owner of a vehicle that illegally passes a school bus or is found to be speeding in school zones or construction zones.