If there is a car in the intersection, waiting to turn left & there is a car coming in the opposite direction, turning right & the light changes to yellow, who has the right of way?
I stand corrected. Many, many years ago it was illegal to be in the intersection when the light turned red. It now seems that this and a few other things such as being allowed to pass on a solid yellow line have changed over the years. Time for me to do a refresher on the Ontario traffic laws.
Is it against the law to wait in an intersection until the light turns red before turning left?
This is one of the most frequently asked questions. Motorists approaching a signalized intersection intending to turn left should enter the intersection only on a green light. Once in the intersection the motorist should not complete their turn until it can be done in complete safety. If this means waiting through the amber light until the light turns red, that’s fine. You must ensure that all oncoming traffic has come to a stop.
I should point out, however, that the driver on the right always has the right of way. If the car turning left has an accident, regardless of the light colour, he will not escape blame. Even if the oncoming car came through a red light.
Man, I'm glad I don't live in Ontario and have had very few occasions to drive in that province.
No, I was going straight. I was responding to your statement that the guy on the right is always in the right.
He was okay, but it was a write-off which, as you know, you always lose with the insurance companies. It cost us a lot of money.