Bill 148 Original (PDF)


The Bill amends the Highway Traffic Act to require police officers and other prescribed persons to gather information about incidents in which someone is injured or property is damaged following a potential contravention of clause 165 (1) (a) of the Act, which requires individuals to take due precautions when opening the door of a motor vehicle on a highway, and to report that information to the Registrar of Motor Vehicles. The Act is also amended to require the Registrar to keep records of and report on these incidents.

Bill 148 2019

An Act to amend the Highway Traffic Act with respect to reporting of incidents of unsafely opening a motor vehicle door on a highway

Her Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Ontario, enacts as follows:

1 Section 202 of the Highway Traffic Act is amended by adding the following subsections:

Reporting re dooring, etc.

(1.1)  Every police officer and every prescribed person having knowledge of a possible contravention of clause 165 (1) (a) that resulted in injury to a person or damage to property shall secure the particulars of the incident, the persons involved, and other information as may be necessary to complete a written report to the Registrar on the forms prescribed for that purpose, and shall transmit the report forthwith to the Registrar.

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(4)  The Lieutenant Governor in Council may make regulations prescribing anything that this section refers to as being prescribed.

2 (1)  Clause 205 (1) (c) of the Act is amended by adding the following subclause:

      (i.1)  a record of all possible contraventions of clause 165 (1) (a) in Ontario, reported to him or her or concerning which he or she procures information,

(2)  Clause 205 (1) (e) of the Act is amended by adding “including accidents caused by opening a door of a motor vehicle on a highway without taking due precautions” after “motor vehicle accidents”.


3 This Act comes into force on the day this Act receives Royal Assent.

Short title

4 The short title of this Act is the Doored But Not Ignored Act, 2019.