Ontario’s Highway Traffic Act, section 168 states that every driver should not make use of his/her high beam headlights when they are within 60 metres of following a motor vehicle or within 150 metres of an approaching vehicle.
Use of passing beam
168. When on a highway at any time when lighted lamps are required to be displayed on vehicles, the driver of a motor vehicle equipped with multiple beam headlamps shall use the lower or passing beam when,
(a) approaching an oncoming vehicle within 150 metres; or
(b) following another vehicle within 60 metres, except when in the act of overtaking and passing. R.S.O. 1990, c. H.8, s. 168.
169. (1) Despite section 168, highbeam headlamps that produce alternating flashes of white light may be used by a public utility emergency vehicle while responding to an emergency and by an emergency vehicle as defined in subsection 144 (1). R.S.O. 1990, c. H.8, s. 169 (1).
Alternating highbeams on other vehicles prohibited
(2) No person shall use highbeam headlamps that produce alternating flashes of white light on any vehicle other than a vehicle referred to in subsection (1). R.S.O. 1990, c. H.8, s. 169 (2).
Here are the Set Fines (not including the Victim Fine Surcharge or Court Fee) for a conviction pursuant to Section 168 or 169 of the Highway Traffic Act, as reflected by Schedule 43 (Ontario Court of Justice – Highway Traffic Act):
|Fail to use lower beam — oncoming||168(a)|
|Fail to use lower beam — oncoming community safety zone||168(a)|
|Fail to use lower beam — following||168(b)|
|Fail to use lower beam — following community safety zone||168(b)|
|Prohibited use of alternating highbeam headlights||169(2)|
|Prohibited use of alternating highbeam headlights — community safety zone||169(2)|