Public Service Announcement
New Traffic Safety By-Law No. 894 repealed No. 319 and 799
June 23rd, 2020 – Iqaluit, Nunavut
City Council approved the Traffic Safety By-Law No. 894 that has repealed By-Law No. 319 and No. 799 to set important legislation that advances the regulation and control of vehicles and pedestrians in the City of Iqaluit. The new Traffic Safety By-Law No. 894 was approved during City Council Meeting #17 with Motion #20-167 on June 9th, 2020.
Traffic By-Law No. 894
- The Government of Nunavut amended its previous Motor Vehicles Act in January of 2019, coming into force the “Traffic Safety Act”.
- The City of Iqaluit drafted a new Traffic Bylaw to repeal the Highway Traffic By-Law No. 319 and Amendments to reflect the amended Traffic Safety Act.
- The updated definitions in the Traffic Safety Act, incorporated in the Traffic Safety By-Law No. 894.
- The Traffic Safety By-Law No. 894 now addresses Registration and Insurance requirements.
- Speed limits have been amended as follows:
- If not otherwise posted, the maximum speed limit within the Municipality is 30 kilometres per hour.
- Addresses “slow rate” of speed that impedes or blocks traffic flow.
- Conditions of roadways due to weather and other factors.
- Graduated Speed limits and Fine schedule
0-16 Kilometers over the posted speed limit $100.00
17-29 Kilometers over the posted speed limit $250.00
30-40 Kilometers over the posted speed limit $350.00
41-49 kilometers over the posted speed limit $500.00
50 Kilometers and greater over the posted speed limit $1000.00
Powers of seizure and Impoundment of Motor Vehicles
- Vehicles travelling in 50 Kilometers and greater over the posted speed limit are subject to seizure and impoundment of vehicle for 24 hours.
- Vehicles without valid Insurance and Registration are subject to seizure and impoundment until valid Insurance and Registration provided.
- Use of Seatbelt requirements and implementation of fines.
- Passing and overtaking vehicles and when passing and overtaking is permitted, prohibited, and associated fines.
- U-turns permitted, prohibited, and associated fines.
- Towing of Vehicles and Equipment permitted, prohibited, and associated fines.
- Vehicle Equipment Requirements including safe operating conditions upon a roadway and associated fines.
- Requirements for proper load securement when commercial vehicles are travelling on a roadway, and associated fines.
- Abandoned vehicles, compliance notices and seizure.
For additional information, please contact:
Communications and Customer Service Manager
City of Iqaluit