City of Iqaluit adopts new traffic bylaw
Changes include updated fines, seatbelt rules and vehicle registration requirements
The City of Iqaluit has a new traffic safety bylaw that took effect on June 9.
Among the changes, the bylaw addresses speed limits throughout the city, along with an updated list of fines drivers will face for not abiding by them.
Fines now range from $100 for going up to 16 kilometres over the posted speed limit to $1,000 for going 50 kilometres and more over the posted speed limit, which could also result in the seizure and impoundment of the vehicle for 24 hours.
Under the previous traffic bylaw, which was passed in 1994 and amended several times, most recently in 2015, the fines began at $75 and maxed out at $200.
The new bylaw now also reflects the Government of Nunavut’s traffic safety act that took effect in December 2018, including the prohibition on using a hand-held device while driving.
Another addition to the bylaw that was previously not included is vehicle registration and insurance requirements.
Vehicles without valid insurance and registration are subject to fines up to $750 or the seizure and impoundment of the vehicle until those items are provided.
Other updates included in the bylaw are the following:
- Seatbelt requirements and rules with fines ranging from $125 to $250
- Vehicle equipment requirements, such as the use of headlights or daytime running lights
- New rules on passing and overtaking vehicles and U-turns
- New regulations for all-terrain and recreational vehicles
- Regulations for the towing of vehicles and requirements for proper load securement
The bylaw, including a full list of fines, can be found on the City of Iqaluit’s website.