Proposed Amendments to Ontario Regulation 306/15: Pilot Project - Automated Vehicles
O Reg 306/15
Bill or Act:
Highway Traffic Act
Summary of Proposal:
On January 1, 2016, Ontario launched a 10-year pilot project under the Highway Traffic Act (HTA) to allow for the testing of automated vehicles (AVs) on Ontario's roads by eligible participants under certain conditions.
Implementing a pilot marked the first step, among many others, to showcase Ontario as a leader in technology development and as a dynamic and innovative testing ground.
We recognize the importance of new vehicle technologies; however safety remains a top priority for the ministry. The pilot framework ensures that the province's roads remain safe while also supporting economic growth and innovation.
The pilot phase also allows the ministry to establish rules, monitor industry and technology developments, and evaluate the safety of AVs prior to the vehicles becoming widely available to the public. On an ongoing basis throughout the pilot, MTO will assess data and information from on-road testing of AVs, engage stakeholders and make amendments to the pilot framework, as required.
MTO aims to be a leading jurisdiction in the advancement, deployment and adoption of Connected Vehicle (CV)/AV technology, harnessing it to achieve our transportation goals, optimize our transportation system, enable economic growth and innovation, and align with other jurisdictions where possible, while protecting road safety in Ontario.
For details on the ministry's proposal, please see the attached summary. We invite you to submit comments on these proposals for MTO consideration.
An information notice of this proposal has also been posted on the Environmental Registry at the following link: http://www.ebr.gov.on.ca/ERS-WEB-External/displaynoticecontent.do?noticeId=MTMzNjgw&statusId=MjAzMjc2&language=en
December 21, 2017
Comments Due Date:
February 4, 2018
Ministry of Transportation
Road Safety Policy Office
Safety Policy and Education Branch
87 Sir William Hearst Avenue
Building "A", Room 212