Can snowplows legally back onto the highway or is it a situation of where they turn a blind eye?
Short answer: Yes.
Long answer, here's section 157 of the Highway Traffic Act which outlines backing on a highway:
Backing prohibited, speed limit over 80 k.p.h.
157. (1) No driver of a vehicle shall back the vehicle upon the roadway or shoulder of any highway divided by a median strip on which the speed limit is in excess of 80 kilometres per hour. R.S.O. 1990, c. H.8, s. 157 (1); 2005, c. 26, Sched. A, s. 27.
Exception to subs. (1)
(2) Subsection (1) does not apply to,
(a) the driver of an ambulance or fire department vehicle as defined in section 61;
(b) the driver of a police department or Ministry vehicle;
(c) a person attempting to render assistance to another person; or
(d) the driver of a road service vehicle, if the movement is made in safety.
Did a collision occur?
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