Who’s surprised at the news that the 1 metre passing rule is not being enforced? I’d be surprised if more than 1% of drivers are even aware of it.
Really, it’s something that can’t be enforced as it should be. The only way someone will be charged with passing too closely is if a police officer sees it happening, and then if they actually want to pull the car over.
If a law is only as good as its enforcement, then Ontario’s new one-metre passing rule isn’t passing muster.
The province amended the Highway Traffic Act in September, requiring drivers to leave at least one metre of space when passing cyclists. At the time, the legislation was heralded as a step towards safer streets.
But nearly one year after coming into effect, numbers from the Ontario Attorney General show the law has led to only 19 charges. Eight of those come from Toronto, with the majority laid immediately after the law was implemented.
What do you think? While the 1 metre rule sounds nice, is it anything other than a self-congratulatory “look we did something!” for politicians?
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