Transportation Minister Todd Stone announced hefty fines for people who clog up highway passing lanes today.
On highways where the speed limit is 80 km/h or more, drivers must keep to the right unless they’re passing other cars. Moving into the left lane is only permitted when allowing other cars to merge, when there’s heavy volume causing traffic to slow to 50 km/h or less, and to make way for emergency vehicles.
Stone says there will be an education campaign so people have a better understanding of the legislation and its intent.
Breaking the new law could result in a $167 ticket and three demerit points on your license.
Plans to change the legislation were announced back in March. Studies have shown that using the left lane for regular driving can cause traffic congestion and cause people to drive more dangerously than they might have otherwise.