The Ontario Provincial government is introducing legislation aimed at punishing driver’s who drive on roads and highways who has refused or neglected to wipe off the snow or ice accumulated on their vehicles or on a vehicle or trailer drawn by the motor vehicle . It isn’t uncommon to drive behind a vehicle and observe snow or ice sliding off their vehicle or trailer drawn by a motor vehicle and falling/sliding off onto your vehicle. Often this can obstruct the vision of the vehicle following the snow/ice laden vehicle; or worse, ice can cause damage to the vehicle that it flies or falls into.
On March 26, 2014 MPP John Yakabuski introduced Bill 183, Highway Traffic Amendment Act (Clearing Vehicles of Snow and Ice), 2014 in a first reading at Queen’s Park. It states that if you drive with snow or ice on your vehicle which could fall or slide off, you would be ticketed and fined between $50 and $500 upon conviction. A commercial vehicle would draw a fine between $100 and $1000 upon conviction.
The proposed amendment of the Highway Traffic Act (adding 181.1(1) – Penalty for Driving with Dangerous Accumulation of Snow or Ice) has the effect of adding section 181.1 (2) to the Act and inserting a penalty for breaching this section of the Act ($50-$100 for a non-commercial vehicle and $100-$1000 for a commercial vehicle).
The proposed amendment to the Highway Traffic Act has only gone through first reading. Chances are it will not make it through second and third reading and royal assent before the Provincial election is called. It cannot become law unless it successfully travels through the Bill process.
See Bill 183:
Bill 183 2014
An Act to amend the Highway Traffic Act to prohibit driving a motor vehicle on a highway with a dangerous accumulation of snow or ice
Her Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Ontario, enacts as follows:
1. The Highway Traffic Act is amended by adding the following section:
Penalty for driving with dangerous accumulation of snow or ice
181.1 (1) No person shall drive a motor vehicle upon a highway if snow or ice has accumulated on the motor vehicle, or on a vehicle or trailer drawn by the motor vehicle, in a manner that would pose a danger to other motor vehicles on the highway if the snow or ice were to fall or slide off.
(2) Every person who contravenes subsection (1) is guilty of an offence and on conviction is liable to a fine of not less than $50 and not more than $500.
Penalty, commercial motor vehicles
(3) Every person who contravenes subsection (1) while driving a commercial motor vehicle is guilty of an offence and on conviction is liable to a fine of not less than $100 and not more than $1,000.
2. This Act comes into force on the day it receives Royal Assent.
3. The short title of this Act is the Highway Traffic Amendment Act (Clearing Vehicles of Snow and Ice), 2014.
The Bill amends the Highway Traffic Act to prohibit driving a motor vehicle on a highway if snow or ice has accumulated on the motor vehicle, or a vehicle or trailer drawn by the motor vehicle, in a manner that would pose a danger to other motor vehicles on the highway.