Moving Ontarians More Safely Act, 2021 & Towing and Storage Safety and Enforcement Act, 2021

ERO number
019-3534
Notice type
Act
Act
Highway Traffic Act, R.S.O. 1990
Posted by
Ministry of Transportation
Notice stage
Proposal
Proposal posted
Comment period
April 26, 2021 - May 26, 2021 (30 days) Open
Last updated

This consultation closes at 11:59 p.m. on:
May 26, 2021

Proposal summary

We are soliciting public comment on proposed legislative and regulatory changes, that if passed would help protect people and families by targeting stunt driving and unsafe, high-risk driving as well as to protect vulnerable road users, such as pedestrians and highway workers, improve truck safety, and oversight of the towing sector.

Proposal details

The proposal sets out initiatives that, if passed, would help keep Ontario’s roads among the safest in North America through enhancements to Ontario’s existing stunt driving law and new measures to address vulnerable road user safety and commercial vehicle safety.

These proposals could, if passed, have an impact in curbing aggressive and high-risk driving behaviour that impacts all road users, including children using school buses, workers on or near highways and street car passengers.

Below is additional information about proposed elements with environmental impacts.

Vulnerable Road Users

  1. Introduce street car camera evidence framework – This proposal would establish a vehicle-based infraction for passing a street car illegally, allowing a charge to be laid on the basis of photographic evidence. The proposal would eliminate the need for a witness to attend court to testify to the validity of the evidence. This proposal would provide swift and certain penalties for illegally passing a street car in order to improve driver behaviour around vulnerable road users and improve vulnerable road user safety. The safety outcomes from this proposal may have a positive impact on public transit ridership and expand safe and sustainable mobility options for Ontarians.

  2. Redefine e-Bikes – This proposal would update the definition of e-bikes in response to the repeal of the federal definition on February 19, 2021, and only permit traditional bicycle style e-bikes and add two sub-classes of e-bikes, which will capture moped and motorcycle styles separately. This proposal supports MTO in delivering key priorities to increase transit ridership through:
  • assisting with first- and last-mile connections, supporting greenhouse gas reductions, as the proposal is anticipated to encourage the use of e-bikes in place of motor vehicles such as cars, and supporting climate change initiatives by increasing e-bike transit ridership as smaller e-bikes may be able to be set on transit bike racks
  • promote road safety by responding to safety concerns from municipalities and enforcement regarding larger e-bikes interacting with vulnerable road users, including pedestrians.

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Policy Coordination and Intergovernmental Branch, Policy Priorities and Coordination Office
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12th Floor, 438 University Avenue
Toronto, ON
M5G 2K8
Canada

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