Follow Too Closely for Commercial Drivers
In Ontario, commercial drivers are often subject to stricter rules and regulations compared to non-commercial drivers. One such rule specifies that commercial drivers are required to maintain a distance of at least 60 meters from the vehicle they are following. This regulation is aimed at promoting road safety by accounting for the larger size and weight of commercial vehicles, which inherently have longer stopping distances.
This rule serves multiple safety objectives:
- Improved Reaction Time: Commercial vehicles need more time to come to a full stop due to their larger mass.
- Enhanced Visibility: Keeping a 60-meter distance ensures that commercial drivers have a better field of vision, making it easier to anticipate the actions of other drivers.
- Lower Risk of Accidents: A greater following distance considerably lowers the probability of rear-end collisions, which are more catastrophic when involving commercial vehicles due to their size and weight.
Commercial drivers should pay extra attention to this offence. Not only are the standard fines and demerit points for following too closely applicable, but commercial drivers might also face additional penalties, such as:
- License Suspension: Accumulating too many demerit points could lead to a temporary suspension of your commercial driver’s license.
- Employment Risks: Employers in the transport sector frequently assess driving records as part of their hiring or ongoing employment evaluations. A driving too closely ticket may severely hinder job prospects or even result in job loss.
Note on Vehicle Types and Commercial Consequences
Different types of commercial vehicles may experience diverse penalties. For instance, the penalties may be more stringent if you operate a vehicle carrying hazardous material. Therefore, it’s crucial to consider the type of commercial vehicle you drive when addressing a follow-too-closely ticket.
Defending Against a Following Too Closely Ticket in Ontario
If you receive a following too closely ticket, you should consider hiring Traffic Paralegal Services to represent you. With comprehensive knowledge of Ontario’s Highway Traffic Act, our firm offers the following services to help you:
- Case Assessment: We initiate a comprehensive review of your ticket, considering the police officer’s notes, possible video evidence, and any available witness statements.
- Legal Consultation: Our paralegals will provide a complete breakdown of the potential repercussions, both immediate and long-term.
- Court Representation: Our team is well-equipped to represent you in court, presenting a cogent argument aimed at eliminating or at least minimizing the penalties you face.
- Negotiation: When appropriate, we will negotiate with the prosecution for a reduced charge to lessen the impact on your driving record and insurance premiums.