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Fines for not checking for cyclists before you exit car to soon increase in B.C.

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September 19, 2020 - 12:33 PM

If you open a door without first checking for a cyclist, you could be handed a $368 ticket.

The new dooring fine is $368 for anyone who opens the door of a parked car when it is not reasonably safe to do so, starting Monday, Sept. 21, according to the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.

Dooring is a common safety issue for cyclists throughout the province.

The higher fine is about quadruple the current fine of $81 which is currently the lowest in Canada.

"It will help increase safety by making drivers more aware of how opening their car door unsafely can seriously injure an approaching cyclist. At the same time, a public education and awareness campaign is being launched," according to a ministry press release.

The increased find is part of the provincial initiative to increase safety and reduce collisions as part of the Move. Commute. Connect., B.C.'s Active Transportation Strategy. 



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