What Does the Law Say About Using a Car to Tow a Bicyclist?
It Is Dangerous and Unlawful to Use a Motor Vehicle to Tow a Person On a Bicycle, Skateboard, Roller Skates, Among Other Things and Penalties For Doing So Include a Possible $1,000 Fine Plus Victim Surcharge and Court Cost In Addition to Two Demerit Points As Well As Possible Increase to Insurance Rates.
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Understanding the Penalties For Towing a Person On a Bicycle, Skateboard, Among Other Things
Using a motor vehicle to tow a person riding a bicycle, skateboard, roller skates, or other similar things, poses dangerous risks to the person being towed, and perhaps others; and accordingly, doing so is unlawful and upon committing such an offence may result in significant fines.
As per section 160 of the Highway Traffic Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. H.8, using a motor vehicle to tow a person riding upon a bicycle, skateboard, roller skates, among other things, is an offence. The applicable penalty upon conviction for a violation is found at section 214(1) of the Highway Traffic Act as section 160 is silent about, meaning failing to state, the penalty details. Specifically, section 160 and section 214(1) of the Highway Traffic Act state:
Towing of persons on bicycles, toboggans, etc., prohibited
160 No driver of a vehicle or street car shall permit any person riding, riding on or operating a bicycle, coaster, toboggan, sled, skateboard, toy vehicle or any other type of conveyance or wearing roller skates, in-line skates or skis to attach the same, himself or herself to the vehicle or street car on a highway.
214 (1) Every person who contravenes this Act or any regulation is guilty of an offence and on conviction, where a penalty for the contravention is not otherwise provided for herein, is liable to a fine of not less than $60 and not more than $1,000.
As show above, the general penalty prescribed by section 214(1) of the Highway Traffic Act imposes a fine ranging from sixty ($60) dollars to one thousand ($1,000) dollars for towing a person on a bicycle, skateboard, roller skates, among other things. Furthermore, a statutory victim surcharge plus court cost will also apply in addition to the potential of serious affects upon insurance rates.
Driving while towing a person on a bicycle, skateboard, roller skates, or other things, presents a great risk of serious harm to that person in the event of an accident. Accordingly, the law forbids doing so and imposes a fine of up to one thousand ($1,000) dollars upon a finding of guilty when a driver is charged for doing so.