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Increased fines for snow-obstructed windshields, other infractions now in effect

['A photo of a car with snow all but covering a small part of the windshield in Liverpool.']
The fine for failing to properly clear snow from a windshield costs more this week, one of several driving penalties that have been increased under the Highway Traffic Act. - SaltWire Network

Failing to take those extra couple minutes to properly clear snow from your windshield will now hit you harder in the wallet.

The minimum fine for the infraction jumped from $45 up to $100 this week, with the maximum penalty increasing from $180 to $235.

Amendments to the Highway Traffic Act went into effect on Monday, Feb. 5.

“People who commit these offences put themselves and other members of the public at risk every day,” Service NL Minister Sherry Gambin-Walsh said in a news release.

“Raising these fines is a means of deterring these unsafe practices on our roadways, and is part of our government’s ongoing efforts to improve road safety in our province.”

A breakdown of the changes, as per the provincial government, are as follows:

Summary of Bill 13 – An Act to Amend the Highway Traffic Act

Section of HTA

Description of Offence

Current Fine

Proposed Fine

Minimum

Maximum

Minimum

Maximum

29

Failure to produce vehicle licence

25

100

100

175

30

Identification plates not securely fastened in proper position

25

100

100

175

31

Failure to keep identification plates clean

25

100

100

175

39

Failure to notify registrar of change of name

25

100

100

175

42(a)(iii)

Operating a vehicle contrary to paragraph 10(1)(d)

25

100

100

175

43(4)

No licence for class of motor vehicle
Second offence
Subsequent

50

100

300

50

200

500

300

800

1100

600

1100

1600

43(5)

Invalid or no driver's licence
Second offence
Subsequent

50

100

300

50

200

500

300

800

1100

600

1100

1600

49(2)

Licensee failing to produce licence upon request

25

100

100

175

50(2)

Failure to return or deliver licence

25

100

100

175

57

Failure to notify registrar of lost driver's licence

25

100

100

175

75(5)(c)

Failure to produce proof that a policy is in force

25

100

100

175

100(2)

Vehicle proceeding at less than normal speed not driving in right hand lane

45

180

100

235

111(1)

Slow driving

45

180

100

235

144(o)

Failure to observe traffic-control device prohibiting parking or stopping

20

90

100

170

155(c)

Driving motor vehicle with windshield, so covered with snow as to obscure or obstruct vision

45

180

100

235

187(5)

Operating vehicle without proper equipment or of improper construction

20

90

100

170

196(2)

Failure to comply with vehicle inspection requirements

60

120

100

160

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