Here Are All The Major Changes That Drivers Can Expect In Mississauga

 

The Ontario government is introducing a new legislation, in efforts to keep roads safe as well as protect frontline workers, schoolchildren, and motorcyclists.

The proposed changes will include measures to cut red tape.  

The new legislation is called the Getting Ontario Moving Act. It was introduced in the legislature today by the Minister of Transportation, Jeff Yurek.

Minister Yurek says, “our government’s bold new plan would make life easier for the people of Ontario by getting them to work sooner, home faster and to family and friends quicker."

According to the press release, the proposed legislative changes would increase public safety by introducing a number of penalties and offences. The government will first introduce a new offence for any driving instructor that violates a zero blood alcohol or drug presence requirement. It will also introduce a tougher penalty for slow drivers using the left-hand lane. The government will also allow motorcyclists to use the High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes and strengthen laws that protect roadside workers from careless drivers.

The Ontario government previously announced that will be giving municipalities the power to put cameras on school buses to target drivers who blow by. The move will protect children when using the crosswalk.

The regulatory changes will amend motorcycle regulations to allow for high-styled handlebars, and the use of advanced technologies for commercial motor vehicles. The use of advanced technologies will lead to reduced fuel consumption, lower emissions, and increased productivity within the trucking industry.

The government will also exempt inspections for any Ontario resident who drives a pickup truck or trailer for personal use.

The press release states, "in everything that we do - whether it’s a program, policy or service - we put the people of Ontario first. We want to hear from the people who drive Ontario’s roads and highways, and that’s why we will launch two province-wide consultations - one to review speed limits and another to look at rules of the road for bicycles, e-bikes and e-scooters."

In spring 2020, the Ontario government will also launch a digital dealer registration pilot program, which will allow businesses to apply for permits, plates and validation stickers online. The program will be developed through a six-month consultation in partnership with ServiceOntario, car dealerships, rental car, and fleet vehicle organizations.

More details about the consultations and pilot project will be released next week.

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