Update: see previous posts – July 22/15 Road Test Exams Cancelled Due To Pan Am Games, July 22/15 Temporary HOV Lanes to Evolve Into Permanent HOT Lanes, July 1/15 HOV Lanes: Pan American/Parapan American Games
High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) Lanes
Ontario has had HOV Lanes for years now, adding different highways over the years. Currently Ontario has HOV Lanes on Highways 403, 404, 417 and the QEW.
The City of Toronto operates 5 HOV corridors. There are approximately 58 kilometres of HOV lanes, Typically these HOV Lanes operate during Toronto’s rush hours from 7 to 10 a.m. and 3 to 7 p.m.
Temporary High Occupany Vehicle (HOV) Lanes
From June 29 to August 18, 2015 inclusive, there were temporary high occupancy vehicle lanes for the Pan Am/Parapan Am Games.
Beginning June 29 to July 27/15 – the HOV lanes required 3+ occupants. Starting July 28, 2015 the same HOV lanes now require 2+ occupants.
July 28 – Aug. 18 (from 5 a.m.-11 p.m.): Temporary HOV lanes will operate on major routes such as parts of Hwy. 401, Hwy. 404, the Gardiner Expressway, the DVP, the QEW, Hwy. 427, Lake Shore Blvd., and Jane St. (north of Steeles Ave. W.)
•July 28-Aug. 18: Two-occupant HOV lanes will be in effect
Those temporary HOV Lanes will be open to:
- Accredited games vehicles used to transport athletes, media, technical officials, etc.
- Motor vehicles with 2+ occupants can occupy the T-HOV lanes from July 28 to August 18, 2015 – in or around the Greater Toronto Area (GTA)
- Emergency vehicles, licensed taxi’s, Airport limousines(on Provincial Highways only)
- Electric Vehicles with Green Licence Plates(on Provincial Highways only)
The penalty for improper use of the HOV Lane (see section 154.1(3) of the Highway Traffic Act), is a total fine of $110.00 and three (3) demerit points.
The Pan Am Games ran from July 10 to 26, 2015. The Parapan Am Games follow and will run from August 7 to 15, 2015.
The HOV lanes that were temporarily erected for the Pan Am Games and the Parapan Am Games will be found on the following highways:
- Highway 401
- Highway 404
- Highway 407
- Highway 427
The Ontario Provincial Police (the “OPP”) will be patrolling these highways and aggressively ticketing those motorists, who shouldn’t be driving in the HOV lanes.
The fines and penalties for improperly using the HOV lanes, on which the OPP patrol will be a $110.00 fine and three (3) demerit points upon conviction.
The HOV lanes that were temporarily erected for the Pan Am Games and the Parapan Am Games will be found on the following roadways:
- the Gardiner Expressway
- Jane Street(north of Steeles Ave. W./south of Highway 407)
- Lake Shore Boulevard
- Queen Elizabeth Way
The City of Toronto Police will be patrolling these roadways and aggressively ticketing those motorists, who shouldn’t be driving in the HOV lanes.
The fines for improperly using the HOV lanes on roadways on which Toronto police patrol is an $85.00 fine upon conviction.
Regulations for High Occupancy Vehicle Lanes
154.1 (1) Where a part of the King’s Highway has been divided into clearly marked lanes for traffic, the Minister may by regulation designate any lane as a high occupancy vehicle lane for that part of the King’s Highway and may make regulations,
(a) limiting the designation to specified months or times of the year, days, times, conditions or circumstances;
(b) limiting the use of high occupancy vehicle lanes to vehicles, or any class or type of vehicles, with a specified number of occupants, and prescribing conditions and circumstances for such use;
(c) regulating the use of high occupancy vehicle lanes, including prescribing rules of the road applicable to the use of the lanes, exemptions from any requirement in this Part or in a regulation made under this Part applicable to the use of the lanes and conditions and circumstances for such exemptions;
(d) providing for the erection of signs and the placing of markings to identify high occupancy vehicle lanes and the entry and exit points for high occupancy vehicle lanes;
(e) prescribing the types of the signs and markings referred to in clause (d), instructions to be contained on them and the location of each type of sign and marking. 2005, c. 26, Sched. A, s. 25.
Regulation may be general or specific
(2) A regulation made under subsection (1) may be general or specific in its application and may apply differently to different classes or types of vehicles. 2005, c. 26, Sched. A, s. 25.
(3) No person shall drive a motor vehicle in a high occupancy vehicle lane or enter or exit a high occupancy vehicle lane except in accordance with this section and the regulations made under it. 2005, c. 26, Sched. A, s. 25.
See the Fine under Schedule 43 – Highway Traffic Act:
|460.2||Improper use of high occupancy vehicle lane||154.1(3)||$85.00|
Victim Fine Surcharge applied to the Fine of $85.00 of Schedule 43. Any fine between $76 to $100 attracts a Fine surcharge of $20.00 as seen in the chart below. If you add the fine of $85 + $20 (surcharge) and the Court Fee of $5.00 then the total payable amount for a conviction of improper use of the HOV is $ 110.00.
TABLE OF THE VICTIM FINE SURCHARGE:
25% of actual fine
$5.00 Under R.R.O. 1990, Reg. 945: COSTS under the Provincial Offences Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. P.33.
The $5.00 fee is added to the fine and the victim fine surcharge.