High Beams: The Proper Use of High Beams on Ontario Highways

Update:

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.

Alternating beams

Emergency vehicles

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 — oncoming168(a)

$85.00

Fail to use lower beam — oncoming community safety zone168(a)

$120.00

Fail to use lower beam — following168(b)

$85.00

Fail to use lower beam — following community safety zone168(b)

$120.00

Prohibited use of alternating highbeam headlights169(2)

$85.00

Prohibited use of alternating highbeam headlights — community safety zone169(2)

$120.00

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11 comments

  1. Hi Kamal:
    For this offence Failing to lower headlamp beam under the section 168 (a) of
    the Highway Traffic Act, upon conviction, two (2) demerit points will be
    applied to your driver’s licence –
    see #27 http://fightyourtickets.ca/ontarios-demerit-points-as-of-september-1-2015/.

    Most moving offences have demerit points attached to them, upon conviction. Remember
    demerit points are added to your licence, not taken away.

    The fine can be found at http://fightyourtickets.ca/ontario-set-fine-schedule-highway-traffic-act-sept-115/
    see 484 to 485.1.

    What section 168 says:
    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.

    You may have been using your highbeams within 150 metres of an approaching vehicle and not have
    realized, before you lowered them.

    If you have two moving convictions it can affect your future insurance premiums.

    Remember to always fightyourtickets.ca.

  2. i am given a ticket of $110.
    Does this affect my insurance. I cannot see the demerit points on my ticket.

    is this a crime to run vehicle on high beam and it was night 23:15pm when no traffic was front and behind me.

    Do it affect my insurance cost also

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  6. Hi Doug:
    The Ontario Highway Traffic Act contains section 168 which prohibits the use of high beams in
    certain situations: Fail to use lower beam — oncoming 168(a) or following 168(b) both will
    attract a set fine of $85.00, including the Victim Fine Surcharge of $20 and the Court Fee of $5.
    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.

    As long as you keep your “low beams” on within 150 metres of oncoming traffic or within 60 metres
    of following traffic – you’ll be fine. This law applies on all Ontario streets/roads/highways.

    The Provincial Offences Act states under Section 81:

    81. Ignorance of the law – Ignorance of the law by a person who commits an offence is not an excuse for committing the offence.

    To suggest you didn’t know or you weren’t aware of the rules of the road, or you were just “ignorant” of the law, is not a “defence” that will be accepted by the Courts. See: http://fightyourtickets.ca/law/ignorance-is-not-a-defence/.

    It was decent of the officer who pulled you over to exercise his discretion and provide you with a warning and the consequences – he said the fine was $110.00, but he should have added that a conviction
    brings with it a total payable fine of $110.00 and two (2) demerit points.

    If he provided you with a ticket you could have disputed it in court and used this website to provide you with assistance. Remember to always http://fightyourtickets.ca

  7. I was stopped for driving in Toronto Kigston Road at 11.50 PM with my High Beam Ligths on. No traffic oncomming or in front or back of me.I came up to and passed a police car and was stopped, because I had my high beams on. The Officer said the fine was $110.00.
    I was not aware off this law, that you can not drive with you high beams on while driving on city streets. Could you please let me know the proper proceedure while driving useing High Beams.

    The Officer did not give me a ticket and just gave ma a citation which I appreciated very much.

    Thanks
    Doug Milne

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