Highway Traffic Act
Code de la route
ONTARIO REGULATION 455/07
RACES, CONTESTS AND STUNTS
Consolidation Period: From September 30, 2007 to the e-Laws currency date.
This Regulation is made in English only.
Report to Registrar
1. (1) A police officer who requests, under clause 172 (5) (a) of the Act, that a person surrender his or her driver’s licence shall, before providing the person with the notice of suspension required by subsection 172 (10) of the Act, report the request and the following information to the Registrar:
1. The driver’s name.
2. If known, the driver’s address, date of birth and driver’s licence number.
3. The date and time of the request.
4. The location at which the alleged offence under subsection 172 (1) of the Act took place. O. Reg. 455/07, s. 1 (1).
(2) The report under subsection (1) shall be made by any form of telecommunication. O. Reg. 455/07, s. 1 (2).
(3) A police officer who has made a report under subsection (1) shall, as soon as practical after making the report, complete a form provided by the Registrar for that purpose and forward the completed form to the Registrar. O. Reg. 455/07, s. 1 (3).
Definition, “race” and “contest”
2. (1) For the purposes of section 172 of the Act, “race” and “contest” include any activity where one or more persons engage in any of the following driving behaviours:
1. Driving two or more motor vehicles at a rate of speed that is a marked departure from the lawful rate of speed and in a manner that indicates the drivers of the motor vehicles are engaged in a competition.
2. Driving a motor vehicle in a manner that indicates an intention to chase another motor vehicle.
3. Driving a motor vehicle without due care and attention, without reasonable consideration for other persons using the highway or in a manner that may endanger any person by,
i. driving a motor vehicle at a rate of speed that is a marked departure from the lawful rate of speed,
ii. outdistancing or attempting to outdistance one or more other motor vehicles while driving at a rate of speed that is a marked departure from the lawful rate of speed, or
iii. repeatedly changing lanes in close proximity to other vehicles so as to advance through the ordinary flow of traffic while driving at a rate of speed that is a marked departure from the lawful rate of speed. O. Reg. 455/07, s. 2 (1).
(2) In this section,
“marked departure from the lawful rate of speed” means a rate of speed that may limit the ability of a driver of a motor vehicle to prudently adjust to changing circumstances on the highway. O. Reg. 455/07, s. 2 (2).
3. For the purposes of section 172 of the Act, “stunt” includes any activity where one or more persons engage in any of the following driving behaviours:
1. Driving a motor vehicle in a manner that indicates an intention to lift some or all of its tires from the surface of the highway, including driving a motorcycle with only one wheel in contact with the ground, but not including the use of lift axles on commercial motor vehicles.
2. Driving a motor vehicle in a manner that indicates an intention to cause some or all of its tires to lose traction with the surface of the highway while turning.
3. Driving a motor vehicle in a manner that indicates an intention to spin it or cause it to circle, without maintaining control over it.
4. Driving two or more motor vehicles side by side or in proximity to each other, where one of the motor vehicles occupies a lane of traffic or other portion of the highway intended for use by oncoming traffic for a period of time that is longer than is reasonably required to pass another motor vehicle.
5. Driving a motor vehicle with a person in the trunk of the motor vehicle.
6. Driving a motor vehicle while the driver is not sitting in the driver’s seat.
7. Driving a motor vehicle at a rate of speed that is 50 kilometres per hour or more over the speed limit.
8. Driving a motor vehicle without due care and attention, without reasonable consideration for other persons using the highway or in a manner that may endanger any person by,
i. driving a motor vehicle in a manner that indicates an intention to prevent another vehicle from passing,
ii. stopping or slowing down a motor vehicle in a manner that indicates the driver’s sole intention in stopping or slowing down is to interfere with the movement of another vehicle by cutting off its passage on the highway or to cause another vehicle to stop or slow down in circumstances where the other vehicle would not ordinarily do so,
iii. driving a motor vehicle in a manner that indicates an intention to drive, without justification, as close as possible to another vehicle, pedestrian or fixed object on or near the highway, or
iv. making a left turn where,
(A) the driver is stopped at an intersection controlled by a traffic control signal system in response to a circular red indication;
(B) at least one vehicle facing the opposite direction is similarly stopped in response to a circular red indication; and
(C) the driver executes the left turn immediately before or after the system shows only a circular green indication in both directions and in a manner that indicates an intention to complete or attempt to complete the left turn before the vehicle facing the opposite direction is able to proceed straight through the intersection in response to the circular green indication facing that vehicle. O. Reg. 455/07, s. 3.
4. (1) Despite section 2, “race” and “contest” do not include,
(a) a rally, navigational rally or similar event that is conducted,
(i) under the supervision of the Canadian Association of Rally Sport,
(ii) under the supervision of a club or association approved in writing by the Ministry, or
(iii) with the written approval of the road authority or road authorities having jurisdiction over the highway or highways used;
(b) motor vehicle owners engaged in a tour, scenic drive, treasure hunt or other similar motoring event in which the participants drive responsibly and in a manner that indicates an overall intention to comply with the provisions of the Act; or
(c) an event held on a closed course with the written approval of the road authority having jurisdiction over the highway, including any event lawfully using any of the trademarks “CART”, “Formula One”, “Indy”, “IndyCar”, “IRL” or “NASCAR”. O. Reg. 455/07, s. 4 (1).
(2) Despite sections 2 and 3, “race”, “contest” and “stunt” do not include any activity required for the lawful operation of motor vehicles described in subsections 62 (15.1) or 128 (13) of the Act, or the lawful operation of an emergency vehicle as defined in subsection 144 (1) of the Act. O. Reg. 455/07, s. 4 (2).
5. Omitted (provides for coming into force of provisions of this Regulation). O. Reg. 455/07, s. 5.
Bill 203: Safer Roads for a Safer Ontario Act
Ontario’s roads are among the safest in North America. Our roads and highways will be even safer through Bill 203, which targets drinking drivers and street racers. This legislation:
-Increases fines for street racers and aggressive drivers, including those who drive 50 km/h or more over the posted speed limit, to $10,000 and allows police to immediately suspend the driver’s licence and impound the vehicle for seven days;
-Better protects law enforcement in the line of duty by adding new blue flashing lights to police vehicles to increase visibility;
-Creates escalating sanctions for repeat drinking drivers with Blood Alcohol Concentration measuring 0.05 to 0.08, planned for late 2008; and
-Allows drivers who are suspended for drinking and driving to get their licences back early if they install an ignition interlock device in their vehicle, planned for late 2008.
Street Racers and Aggressive Drivers – Effective September 30, 2007
The legislation includes tough measures for those who choose to race on Ontario’s roads, including higher fines and longer suspensions:
-The maximum fine increases from $1,000 to $10,000 upon conviction for street racing, making it the highest penalty in Canada. The minimum fine increases from $200 to $2,000.
-Police can issue an immediate seven-day driver’s licence suspension and seven-day vehicle impoundment for street racing, participating in a driving contest or stunt driving.
-Courts can impose a driver licence suspension of up to 10 years for a second conviction, if the second conviction occurs within 10 years of the first. For a first conviction, the maximum licence suspension period remains at 2 years.
-The definition of a “driving stunt” includes driving a motor vehicle at 50 km/h or more above the posted speed limit.
-The Act also bans driving a motor vehicle on a highway with a connected nitrous oxide system. Some street racers use nitrous oxide to enhance the acceleration capabilities of their vehicles.
For more information on street racing and aggressive driving, please go to:
-Ontario Regulation 455/07: Races, Contests and Stunts
-Driving the Speed Limit
-Demerit Point System
Flashing Lights – Effective September 30, 2007
-Police services can now use flashing blue lights in combination with flashing red lights on their vehicles. The combination of flashing blue and red lights will help increase visibility and public recognition of police vehicles, especially at night.
-Flashing red lights can now be used on vehicles designated by regulation, such as:
-Ministry of Revenue vehicles operated by provincial offences officers;
-Aviation and forest fire management vehicles operated by an officer while responding to a fire or other emergency;
-Emergency response vehicles designated by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care under the Ambulance Act.
-Flashing green lights can now be used by designated volunteer medical responders in addition to firefighters while responding to an emergency in their personal vehicles.
For more information on flashing lights, please go to:
-Ontario Regulation 484/07: Lamps – Use of Flashing Red or Green Lights
Drinking and Driving – Planned For Late 2008
Each year, about 16,000 people are convicted of drinking and driving with a blood alcohol concentration above 0.08 in Ontario – about two people each hour. About a quarter of the province’s annual road fatalities are alcohol-related. The new legislation targets impaired driving by:
-Creating escalating administrative sanctions for repeat drinking drivers measuring 0.05 to 0.08 blood alcohol concentration (the “warn” range)
–First instance: driver suspended for three days
–Second instance: driver suspended for seven days and must undergo remedial measures course
–Third or subsequent instance: driver suspended for 30 days, must undergo remedial measures course and have ignition interlock condition on their licence for six months.
-Measures to increase installation of ignition interlock devices by convicted offenders.
-Allowing the use of the civil forfeiture law to take vehicles away from people who continue to drink and drive.
For more information on drinking and driving, please go to:
-Vehicle Impoundment Program
For further details on Bill 203, please contact the Ministry of Transportation:
-Telephone 416-235-4686 in the Greater Toronto Area or toll free 1-800-268-4686
TTY (Teletypewriter users) 905-704-2426 in the Niagara Region or toll free 1-866-471-8929.
-Legislative Assembly of Ontario: Bill 203 2007
-News Release, August 31, 2007: McGuinty Government puts brakes on Dangerous Driving
-News Release, August 3, 2007: Dangerous Driving and Excessive Speeders have no place on Ontario’s Roads
-News Release, May 29, 2007: McGuinty Government Continues to Keep Families Safe on Ontario’s Roads