Extending the Reduced Suspension Program, Clarifying Long-term Vehicle Impoundment Rules and Making Other Consequential Amendments to Enhance Ontario's Impaired Driving Programs under the Making Ontario's Roads Safer, 2015
O Reg. 251/02
O Reg. 287/08
O Reg. 415/10
O Reg. 631/98
Bill or Act:
Highway Traffic Act (HTA)
Summary of Proposal:
On June 2, 2015, the Making Ontario's Roads Safer, 2015 (formerly Bill 31) received Royal Assent. Among its various amendments, the Act, and its supporting regulations, addresses the issue of impaired driving. The changes with respect to impaired driving are being implemented in two phases.
Phase 1 was implemented October 2, 2016. This phase included expanding alcohol impaired sanctions to drug impaired drivers; and expanding remedial measures program and ignition interlock requirements to all drivers that accumulate any combination of administrative suspensions associated with alcohol or drug-impaired driving. The ministry is now preparing to implement phase 2, which would extend the reduced suspension program, clarify long-term vehicle impoundment rules and make amendments to clarify impaired driving program requirements. These proposed changes would be implemented July 1, 2018.
The ministry is now soliciting public feedback on these proposed changes. Please see the attached summary for more details. We invite you to submit comments on these proposals for your consideration.
Analysis of Regulatory Impact:
Based on a preliminary impact analysis of the proposed regulations MTO does not anticipate any direct compliance costs to business or the public.
It is important to note that individuals who would be impacted by these changes are drivers who have committed an offence under the Highway Traffic Act.
These proposals will increase penalties for those drivers who chose to drive in a distracted or careless manner or with the presence of drugs and/or alcohol in their body or those drivers who fail to yield to pedestrians.
It is anticipated that these proposals may translate into positive economic benefits for Ontario businesses, improve the Province's productivity by reducing congestion, reduce healthcare costs associated with preventable injuries and further reduce greenhouse gas emissions by providing safe alternatives to motor vehicle transportation.
January 18, 2018
Comments Due Date:
March 4, 2018
Ministry of Transportation Road Safety Policy Office
Safety Policy and Education Branch 87 Sir William Hearst Avenue Building "A", Room 212
Toronto, Ontario M3M 0B4