Service NL
November 9, 2017

Changes to Highway Traffic Act Support Improved Road Safety

Legislation which will increase penalties for a number of offences under the Highway Traffic Act received second reading in the House of Assembly today.

The proposed amendments will result in significant increases to fines for a number of offences under the Highway Traffic Act that are currently less than $100, with an aim of increasing compliance and enhancing public safety.

The offences include infractions such as driving without a valid licence; failing to provide proof of insurance; illegal vehicle modifications; and driving without clearing snow from a windshield. A complete list of the offences and the new penalties is included in the backgrounder below.

These amendments build upon other measures by the Provincial Government to improve road safety in the province, such as the recent changes to impaired driving legislation, and changes that allow charges to be laid against the owner of a vehicle that illegally passes a school bus or is found to be speeding in school zones or construction zones.

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“We are constantly looking for ways to improve road safety in our province. Bill 13, along with other amendments our government has introduced, will help deter unsafe practices on our roadways.”
Honourable Sherry Gambin-Walsh
Minister of Service NL

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Learn more
New Impaired Driving Legislation Comes Into Force: www.gov.nl.ca/releases/2017/servicenl/0921n03.aspx

Bill 68, An Act to Amend the Highway Traffic Act:  www.assembly.nl.ca/business/bills/bill1668.htm

Legislative Amendments Enhance Enforcement Measures: http://www.releases.gov.nl.ca/releases/2016/servicenl/0510n01.aspx

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Media contact
Gina MacArthur
Service NL
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BACKGROUNDER

Summary of Bill 13 – An Act to Amend the Highway Traffic Act 

Section of HTA

Description of Offence

Current Fine

Proposed Fine

 

 

Minimum

Maximum

Minimum

Maximum

29

Failure to produce vehicle licence

25

100

100

175

30

Identification plates not securely fastened in proper position

25

100

100

175

31

Failure to keep identification plates clean

25

100

100

175

39

Failure to notify registrar of change of name

25

100

100

175

42(a)(iii)

Operating a vehicle contrary to paragraph 10(1)(d)

25

100

100

175

43(4)

No licence for class of motor vehicle
Second offence
Subsequent

 

50

100

300

 

50

200

500

 

300

800

1100

 

600

1100

1600

43(5)

Invalid or no driver's licence
Second offence
Subsequent

 

50

100

300

 

50

200

500

 

300

800

1100

 

600

1100

1600

49(2)

Licensee failing to produce licence upon request

25

100

100

175

50(2)

Failure to return or deliver licence

25

100

100

175

57

Failure to notify registrar of lost driver's licence

25

100

100

175

75(5)(c)

Failure to produce proof that a policy is in force

25

100

100

175

100(2)

Vehicle proceeding at less than normal speed not driving in right hand lane

45

180

100

235

111(1)

Slow driving

45

180

100

235

144(o)

Failure to observe traffic-control device prohibiting parking or stopping

20

90

100

170

155(c)

Driving motor vehicle with windshield, so covered with snow as to obscure or obstruct vision

45

180

100

235

187(5)

Operating vehicle without proper equipment or of improper construction

20

90

100

170

196(2)

Failure to comply with vehicle inspection requirements

60

120

100

160

 

2017 11 09                                                    5:10 p.m.