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BUILDINGS & GROUNDS
Highway Traffic Act -
he Highway Traffic
Act (HTA) is Ontario
adopted in 1923 to
assist in the reduction
of accidents that were
occurring in the early
years of vehicle traffic. Police services
primarily enforce the Act, with most
breaches involving a monetary fine, as
well as possible loss of demerit points.
As much as a police officer may indicate
the amount of points that will be lost as
part of an HTA infraction, the demerit
point system is actually controlled by
the Ministry of Transportation (MOT).
A fully licensed driver that accumulates
6 demerit points will be sent a warning letter. At 9 points, an interview with
the MOT is required to discuss the driving record and to offer reasons why
the driver should not have their license
suspended. Failing to attend will result
in immediate license suspension. At 15
demerit points, the license will be suspended for 30 days from the time that
it is surrendered to the MOT. Failing to
surrender a license may result in the loss
of driving privileges for up to 2 years and
may also require re-examination (vision,
knowledge and road tests) of a license. At
this point demerit points will be reduced
to 7 points, and any extra points could
result in the interview meeting reoccurring and if 15 points is reached again, the
license will be immediately suspended
for 6 months.
Demerit points on a license will likely
result in increased insurance premiums.
The increase generally occurs on the next
policy renewal date, at a time when the
insurance company searches the operators driving record. Each insurance company determines how they will charge
for tickets and what the increase will be
on premiums. Most insurance companies do not take the demerit point total
into consideration, but look more at the
severity of the ticket. An accumulation
of too many tickets may result in nonrenewal from the insurance company.
Insurance companies may charge for up
to three years for a traffic violation on a
driver's record, and the charge goes from
renewal date to renewal date, not from
the date of the ticket.
With the introduction of license plate
scanners, a typical police unit is able to
process up to 25,000 license plates during a 10-hour shift. Police officers are
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able to determine the status of the plate
(valid sticker) and the identification of
possible high risk drivers. Most officers
are now able to have a general overview
of the vehicle and the driving habits/
record of the owner before they get out
of their cruiser. Technology also allows
the insurance company and the MOT to
link together to confirm if insurance coverage remains valid. Providing an officer
with insurance paperwork that is not valid
may be considered to be fraud.
In the workplace, the shift by many
employers away from providing employees with corporate vehicles to a mileage chargeback system requires that the
worker inform their insurance company
of this relationship. Failing to do so, may
reduce the amount of coverage available
under the policy. It is also important to
note that it does not matter what vehicle a driver is operating when fines or
demerit points are collected. Driving a
work vehicle unsafely will impact drivers'
personal insurance coverage premiums.
It is also worthy to note that vehicle accidents at work may also have the Ministry
of Labour investigate and lay charges.
Remember that driving in Ontario is a
privilege not a right!
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Facility Forum - Summer 2016
Arena Lighting – The Here and Now!
Understanding the Highway Traffic Act – Demerit Points
Effective Emergency Planning
Controlling Recreation Facility Energy Vampires
Poor Aquatic Maintenance
ORFA’s Top 10 Recreational Supervisory Failures
Health & Safety (PSHSA)
Shutting Down the Refrigeration Plant for the Summer Season
Energy Savings Inside Your Refrigeration System
Index of Advertisers
Facility Forum - Summer 2016