Insurance Discounts for Winter Tires
Insurance companies are now required to provide a discount for the installation of winter tires for drivers who are renewing their auto insurance policy or starting a new one in 2016. The amount of the discount was undisclosed when the Minister of Finance announced it at the April 2015 Ontario provincial budget, but the common winter tire discount in the insurance industry prior to it being mandated was 5 percent. Winter tires reduce the incidence of accidents in winter on snowy and icy roads. They provide control, traction and safety in freezing and below-freezing temperatures, using a technology whereby specialized soft rubber remains flexible in harsh winter conditions to grip the road.
Funding for Ontario’s Cycling Infrastructure Begins
As part of #CycleON Action Plan 1.0, the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) is starting to fund the $10 million Ontario Municipal Cycling Infrastructure Program as of April 1, 2016, to help municipalities build new and improve existing cycling infrastructure. Under this new program, municipalities can apply for funding for up to 50 percent of the total eligible costs of a cycling infrastructure project to a maximum amount of $325,000, until March 31, 2018.
Higher Fees for Unpaid Provincial Offences Act Fines
In 2016, fees have doubled to $40 for unpaid fines under the Provincial Offences Act in order to encourage people to pay on time. The fines collected will be kept by the municipalities.
New Laws in Place as the New Year: Pedestrian School Crossings and Crosswalks
New pedestrian safety rules are in place at school crossings and crosswalks with pedestrian-operated crossing lights, effective January 1, 2016. Motorists and cyclists are now required to wait until pedestrians have finished crossing the road before proceeding. Under the prior regulations, it was acceptable to move forward if pedestrians had crossed half the roadway. Pedestrians are also facing changes, as they are now required to wait (instead of entering a crosswalk) if an approaching vehicle is too close to the crosswalk to come to a stop. A fine of $150 to $500 and three demerit points will apply to any drivers caught in violation of the new rule. Fines are doubled in Community Safety Zones, which are near schools and in public areas.
New Laws for Spring 2016: Violations Apply to Out-Of-Province Drivers
In spring 2016, greater sharing of driver information between the provinces is planned. Municipalities will have greater ability to charge out-of-province individuals for violations for failing to stop by red light cameras.
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