Regulation - LGIC

Permitting electric low-speed vehicles in Ontario

Regulation Number(s):
O. Reg. 449/06
Instrument Type:
Regulation - LGIC
Bill or Act:
Highway Traffic Act
Summary of Decision:
Effective March 21, 2009, the low-speed vehicle (LSV) pilot O. Reg. 449/06 was amended to allow electric low-speed vehicles (LSVs) in controlled environments on roads with speed limits of 50 km/h or less on Pelee Island, within 50 metres of university and college campuses and between private properties by directly crossing certain public roads. In addition, the pilot permits LSVs on all public roads up to a maximum speed limit of 50 km/h, if they meet specific additional equipment requirements and certain federal vehicle safety standards. This pilot will run until December 31, 2014.
Further Information:
Proposal Number:
Posting Date:
January 19, 2009
Summary of Proposal:
The ministry is proposing regulations to allow electric low-speed vehicles (LSVs) on certain Ontario's roads. In developing rules for the safe use of LSVs, the ministry commissioned an independent expert study, which identified risks in seven areas related to traffic flow, human factors, traffic safety, LSV equipment, road infrastructure, licensing and operating restrictions. The report also provided recommendations to minimize these safety risks.

Ontario is considering the recommendations from the consultant's report and we invite your comments on these recommendations.

For details of the Ministry's proposal, please see attached.
Contact Address:
Road Safety Policy Office, Room 212, Building "A", 1201 Wilson Ave. Downsview, ON, M3M 1J8
Effective Date:
March 21, 2009