The Distracted Driving Exemption
expires 1st January 2018 in Ontario!
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My name is David C. Margetts and I am currently retired. I worked as Investigator with the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, Emergency Health Services Branch, Investigation and Regulatory Compliance section for over 25 years. I am also a licensed Amateur Radio Operator.
I was recently asked by the web manager of ONTARS.com ( ONTario Amateur Radio Service) an Amateur Radio Website in Ontario and an Amateur Radio Communications Network for over 45 years, to address the issue of the expiry of the HTA exemption for licensed Amateur Radio Operators in respect of hand held devices while operating a motor vehicle. I produced the attached article for posting on that web site.
I have provided the article here for your edification
and reading enjoyment.
David C. Margetts
|Reply from Ministry:
Mr. Dave Margetts,
On May 1, 2017, the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) posted information on Ontario’s Regulatory Registry to solicit comments and feedback from stakeholders and the public about the exemption, with a closing date of June 15, 2017. MTO also held consultations with stakeholders in May 2017.
The Ministry has now reviewed all input from the consultations
and from the regulatory registry. A final decision on next steps will be
publically communicated in the near future, prior to the January 1, 2018
expiry of the exemption.
Thank you again for your e-mail.
|From the same regulation, I provide Definitions.
1. In this Regulation,
“commercial motor vehicle” has the same meaning as in section 3 of Ontario Regulation 419/15 (Definitions of Commercial Motor Vehicle and Tow Truck) made under the Act; (“véhicule utilitaire”)
“hand microphone or portable radio” means a wireless communication device, consisting of a hand-held unit that is both receiver and microphone, that is operated by a push-to-talk function on a set frequency and that allows for voice communication but not for the transmission and receipt of voice communication at the same time; (“microphone à main ou radio portative”)
“mobile data terminal” means a computerized device that is used exclusively to communicate with a dispatcher or control centre; (“terminal mobile”)
“two-way radio” means a wireless communication device,
consisting of a main receiver unit and a separate hand-held microphone,
that is operated by a push-to-talk function on a set frequency and that
allows for voice communication but not for the transmission and receipt
of voice communication at the same time. (“radio bidirectionnelle”)
O. Reg. 366/09, s. 1; O. Reg. 424/15, s. 1.
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