Myth: You cant get a ticket for driving too slowly

By Jonathan van Ekelenburg

It is a common misconception that you cant get in trouble on the road for driving too slowly, but that is just not true.

While it is not a common charge to be placed on a driver, the Highway Traffic Act does include a charge for Unnecessary Slow Driving (HTA 132), which carries a fine of $85 and 2 demerit points.

The HTA says, No motor vehicle shall be driven on a highway at such a slow rate of speed as to impede or block the normal and reasonable movement of traffic thereon except when the slow rate of speed is necessary for safe operation having regard to all the circumstances. This means that if an officer perceives that your slow driving is causing problems on the road and impeding the flow of traffic, you can be issued a ticket. It is a rare charge, but it does exist, so going too slow on the road can be dangerous in its own way.

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