The Radio Amateurs of Canada are today announcing written confirmation from Minister Bob Chiarelli of the Ontario Provincial Government regarding a five year extension of exemption to the Ontario distracted driving law. In his letter, Minister Chiarelli explains that the current exemptions for both Amateur Radio and Two Way Commercial Radios will be extended until January 1st, 2018.
Minister Chiarelli expresses his hope that in that time commercial hands free alternatives will be found for two way radios. While RAC finds victory in the five year extension, a permanent solution is desired and required.
The Radio Amateurs of Canada will continue to pursue a permanent exemption for Amateur Radio operators in Ontario. Similar exemptions already exist in many other provincial jurisdictions in Canada – thanks in part to the efforts of local amateurs and RAC’s national strategy to address distracted driving legislation.
The Radio Amateurs of Canada is Canada’s national voice for Amateur Radio. Their efforts not only promote the Amateur Radio Service but protect it from regulatory interference that may lead to less capability to provide emergency communications. Not already a RAC member? Why not join today at www.rac.ca and find out about the many benefits our members enjoy across the country and the world beyond
Ontario’s Distracted Driving Law
Print out and keep a copy in your vehicle of Ontario’s “Display Screens and Hand-held Devices” Law and amendment which is now in effect since 26 Oct 2009
Section 13 – Amateur exemption for holding or using two-way radio until
January 1, 2021 (Amended December 12, 2017)
Online Ontario eLaw: