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During the EPS’ monthly #TrafficTuesday social media event in February, we launched a video on U-turns, accompanied by an online quiz and lively public discussion. Identified by Traffic Section as a continuing contributor to collisions across the city, the video was intended to clarify when and where U-turns are permitted.

Curious about your own knowledge of when and where to U-turn? Check out the video.


U-turns are one of the more common traffic issues, and we are consistently asked when and where a U-turn can be legally completed.

U-turns are allowed in a variety of places, so to avoid fines and demerits, it’s important to know where U-turns are permitted. If a collision occurs while doing a U-turn, you are considered at fault. We have created this short video to illustrate where it is and is not legal to make a U-turn.

Where are U-turns NOT permitted?

  • At any intersection that is controlled with three phase traffic control lights (red, yellow, green)

  • Any urban roadway between intersections (Urban road way is defined as not a country road)

  • Crosswalks

  • Where prohibited by a sign

  • A roadway with access to a commercial driveway

  • A roadway with access to an alleyway

  • Within 150 meters of the top/crest of a hill

Where are U-turns permitted?

  • Any intersections not controlled by three phase traffic control lights

  • An intersection marked as a four-way stop

  • An intersection marked as a two-way stop

  • A T intersection

What are the fines?

  • The fine for illegal U-turns is $162 and three demerit points