Can a Driver Be Charged For Driving Too Slow?

Driving Too Slowly Can Create a Dangerous Hazard to Others Traveling at Normal Speed; Accordingly, Driving Too Slow May Result In a Traffic Ticket.

A Helpful Guide For How to Understand the Law Applicable to Driving Too Slowly

Driving Slowly on Roadway It seems counterintuitive that driving too slowly may be unlawful, especially whereas stories of tragic accidents much more commonly involve incidents caused by excessive speed; however, similar to driving at an excessive rate of speed, driving unnecessarily slowly can also be dangerous. Accordingly, while defensive driving is always encouraged, driving unnecessarily slowly, and thereby becoming an unexpected obstacle to other traffic, or possibly frustrating other drivers so significiantly as to cause others to act erratically, can pose significant danger.

The Law

Driving too slowly may be an offence contrary to the Highway Traffic Act, R.S.O.  1990, c.  H.8 which states:

132 (1) 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.

Summary Comment

Similar to driving too fast, driving too slowly can also pose risks to others using the roadway whereas when traffic moving at a normal speed comes upon a vehicle travelling unexpectedly slow and dangerous situation exists.  While a charge of 'driving too slowly' is likely uncommon, the law provides for the possibility of such a charge.


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