Deposit of Snow on Roadway

Deposit of Snow on Roadway

What Can Happen If a Person Shovels Snow Onto the Road?

As Per Section 181 of the Highway Traffic Act It Is Unlawful to Plow Snow or Shovel Snow Into the Roadway. A Person May Be Fined Up to $1,000 Plus the Mandatory Victim Surcharge and Court Cost Upon a Finding of Guilt For a Violation of Such Law.

The money and effort spent to maintain the snow and ice that falls upon roadways is substantial; however, a necessary expense of resources as the means to keep roadways as safe as possible. Accordingly, people who deposit snow upon the roadways, whether by shovel or plow, undermine the effort to keep the roadways maintained and safe.

Highway Traffic Act,
R.S.O. 1990, c. H.8 at section 181

Deposit of snow on roadway

181 No person shall deposit snow or ice on a roadway without permission in writing so to do from the Ministry or the road authority responsible for the maintenance of the road.

Highway Traffic Act,
R.S.O. 1990, c. H.8 at section 214(1)

General penalty

214 (1) Every person who contravenes this Act or any regulation is guilty of an offence and on conviction, where a penalty for the contravention is not otherwise provided for herein, is liable to a fine of not less than $60 and not more than $1,000.

Summary Comment

Plowing snow, shoveling snow, or otherwise depositing snow upon the roadway presents a great risk of serious harm to motorists using the roadway while also causing waste to the expense incurred by municipalities in the effort to keep roadways maintained and reasonably safe. Accordingly, the law forbids any manner of depositing snow upon a roadway and imposes a fine of up to one thousand ($1,000) dollars plus victim surcharge and court cost.

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