A pilot project to evaluate on-road use of three-wheeled vehicles

Regulation Number(s):
Instrument Type:
Bill or Act:
Highway Traffic Act
Summary of Proposal:
The Ministry of Transportation recognizes the importance of creating an effective regulatory environment that accommodates the use of new and innovative vehicle types and technologies - however safety remains a top priority. For the past 13 years, Ontario's roads have been among the safest in North America and the Ministry of Transportation seeks to maintain and improve on this leading safety record.

Currently, the ministry does not permit three-wheeled vehicles to be used on public highways in Ontario.

Due to the limited availability of road safety research and consistent regulatory best practices for three-wheeled vehicles, the ministry is proposing a measured approach to integrating this class of vehicle on highways. This approach strikes a balance that will minimize regulatory burdens, encourage innovation in Ontario's automotive sector and ensure the safety of all road users.

The approach that the ministry is proposing is the creation of a pilot framework in order to assess these vehicles over a specified period of time and determine how three-wheeled vehicles can be safely integrated with other road users before a final regulatory decision is made.

For more detailed information, please see the attached backgrounder.

The ministry invites any feedback on this proposal as well as any additional suggestions or comments on how the ministry should regulate on-road use of compliant three-wheeled vehicles.
Further Information:
Proposal Number:
Posting Date:
April 24, 2015
Comments Due Date:
June 8, 2015
Contact Address:
Road Safety Policy Office
Safety Policy and Education Branch
Ministry of Transportation
1201 Wilson Avenue
Building A, Room 212
Downsview, Ontario
M3M 1J8