Happy New Law Year!
New traffic laws mean that pedestrians can waste more of your time
As part of a new set of traffic laws introduced by the province of Ontario in its “Making Ontario Roads Safer Act”, pedestrians will now have more time to slowly pace, trudge and otherwise hold up drivers at crossovers and school crossing zones.
Taking effect on January 1st, drivers stopped at a crossover or a school crossing are required to wait for pedestrians to completely cross the road before proceeding. A crossover is a clearly marked crossing with yellow flashing lights and overhead warning signs. A school crossing is any pedestrian crossing with a school crossing stop sign and where a school crossing guard is present. Failing to wait for the crossing to clear will result in fines from $150 to $500 and three demerit points. Previously, drivers were allowed to drive through as soon as space opened, allowing drivers to shave crucial seconds off their daily commute.
Pedestrians are urged by the Ministry of Transportation to also try to make eye contact with drivers and to never cross between parked cars, though they will continue to ignore both recommendations in favour of looking straight ahead or into their phones.
Save a few dollars by putting on winter tires
All private insurance companies must offer discounts to those who buy and install winter tires. The Ministry of Transportation believes that this will encourage many Ontarians currently relying on their all-season tires to spend $400 in order to realize potential savings of up to $75.
Self-Driving Cars: coming down a highway near you!
Self-driving cars are now permitted on Ontario roads and highways under a new test program. It is now expected that overly chatty Kingston taxi drivers and Rideshare speed demons will be reduced by almost 40 per cent by 2020.
Rent can only be increased 2% under updated guidelines
Landlords can only increase their rent by 2% in 2016, as a result of the yearly adjustments based on the Ontario Price Index. The amount of Kingston landlords who will try to increase their rent to the full amount is expected to remain unchanged.
Jason Liang is De Minimis editor for Juris Diction.