Motor Vehicle fines to increase on April 1, 2017

March 28, 2017
Public Service Announcement

YELLOWKNIFE (March 28, 2017) – On April 1st, the Department of Transportation will be increasing 229 fines under the Northwest Territories Motor Vehicles Act regulations.

The decision comes in an effort to make territorial roads safer for motorists, pedestrians and other users of the highway system.  Some of the violations that will result in an increased penalty include the following:

  • Failure to wear seatbelt: increased from $115 to $172
  • Failure to stop for school bus: increased from $115 to $402 
  • Failure to stop a vehicle at a red light: increased from $86 to $172.

The Department continues to conduct public awareness advertising campaigns during the year in an effort to educate the travelling public and reduce the number of incidents on NWT public roads and highways.

For a complete list of the new fines, please see the Summary Convictions Procedure Regulations that can be found on the Department of Justice website at:

For more information, please contact Greg Hanna, Communications Coordinator, at 867-767-9082 ext. 31046 or