Distracted Driving and Amateur Radio Feb 2020

Distracted Driving in Canada update: Ontario has granted permanent two-way radio exemption for Amateurs

For immediate release:

Distracted driving regulations continue to be an area of interest for many Canadian Radio Amateurs.

These regulations are made and enforced by provincial governments and can vary considerably from province to province and over time.

In Ontario, RAC Directors Allan Boyd, VE3AJB (Ontario North/East) and Phil McBride, VA3QR (Ontario South) have been working hard on this issue.

We are pleased to announce that effective February 14, 2020, the Ontario Ministry of Transportation has “made permanent the exemption under Ontario Regulation 366/09 (Display Screens and Hand-Held Devices) of the Highway Traffic Act for hand-held two-way radios for commercial drivers and Amateur Radio operators.”

The official publication of the amendment to the regulations is available at the following links.

English:

https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/r20018

French:

https://www.ontario.ca/fr/lois/reglement/r20018

Alan Griffin
RAC MarCom Director