VICTORIA, B.C. – The Provincial Government is announcing that it will be introducing an increase in fines for “dooring”, as a way to better protect cyclists.
According to Claire Trevena, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, starting September 21, anyone opening the door of a parked car when it is not reasonably safe to do so will face a fine of $368. This fine is up from the previous $81.
Trevena says dooring is a common safety issue for cyclists in communities around the province.
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In 2019, 10 percent of people who commuted to work in the province used active transportation, such as a bicycle.
The higher fine, along with a public education and awareness campaign, will help raise the profile of cyclists. It will also help improve cyclists’ safety by making drivers more aware of their actions.