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Following too close, can a charge be laid?
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 19, 2016 9:11 pm 
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This happened today and got me wondering.

My son was riding his bike in front of our house when a driver shows up out of no where following him too close, this got him very scared and barely managed to pull into our driveway and complain to me.

So I'm wondering if a driver can be charged for following a bicycle too close under HTA, section 158(1) only talks about vehicle.

Thank you in advance


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According to the highway traffic act, a bicycle is a vehicle.

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“vehicle” includes a motor vehicle, trailer, traction engine, farm tractor, road-building machine, bicycle and any vehicle drawn, propelled or driven by any kind of power, including muscular power, but does not include a motorized snow vehicle or a street car; (“véhicule”)

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bicycle” includes a tricycle, a unicycle and a power-assisted bicycle but does not include a motor-assisted bicycle; (“bicyclette”)


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human is also a vehicle, if following humans to close.

But cops/911 would not take your case seriously.


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jimm wrote:
human is also a vehicle, if following humans to close.

But cops/911 would not take your case seriously.


https://www.ontario.ca/laws/statute/90h08

Please read this before posting incorrect information. A human is not considered a vehicle.


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Thank you for all the replies.


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WHAT? unless your part machine/robot/cyborg then ,

NO-ONE is a vehicle, you might want to look up a dictionary definition.

"a thing used for transporting people or goods, especially on land, such as a car, truck, or cart."

jimm wrote:
human is also a vehicle, if following humans to close.

But cops/911 would not take your case seriously.

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Dictionary definition isn't of much importance here either. The Highway Traffic Act has its own definition section. The definition of vehicle has already been provided in this thread and outlines clearly what is and isn't considered a vehicle for the purpose of the act.


"Humans" are referred to as pedestrians throughout the act. No, they are not vehicles.


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