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The B.C. Government announced it will be quadrupling fines this fall on people who open the door of a parked car when it is not reasonably safe to do so, also known as “dooring.”

As of Sept. 21, 2020, the fine for dooring will jump from $81 to $368.

Minister of Transportation Claire Trevena said in a statement that dooring is preventable.

“Dooring can cause serious injury, and the new fine reflects that,” said Trevena.

The government says it will also be pursuing a public education and awareness campaign to raise the profile of cyclist safety.

Spencer Chandra Herbert, the MLA for Vancouver-West End, says that this fine will make dooring equivalent to distracted driving and excessive speeding offences.

“With cycling and other modes of active transportation becoming more popular, it’s important to have the right policies in place for people to safely commute,” said Herbert.

“Dooring can kill or severely injure a person.”

In 2019, 10 per cent of British Columbians used active transportation to commute to work, and 33 per cent of school-aged children used active transportation.