Regulation - Minister

Proposed Amendments to Ontario Highway Traffic Act Regulation 630 s.1 (1) (c) to remove Electric Motorcycles restriction on Controlled- Access Highways.

Regulation Number(s):
Regulation 630 s.1 (1) (c)
Instrument Type:
Regulation - Minister
Bill or Act:
Highway Traffic Act (HTA)
Summary of Proposal:
Electric motorcycles (EMCs) are currently prohibited from using Ontario's controlled-access highways under Highway Traffic Act Regulation 630 - Vehicles on Controlled-Access Highways s.1 (1) (c). A Controlled Access Highway is a type of highway which allows for vehicles to travel at high speeds safely. They do not have intersections or traffic signals. An example of this is the Ontario 400 Series.

Electric motorcycles were originally banned from Ontario's controlled-access highways because older electric vehicle technology was generally incapable of providing adequate, sustainable operating speeds to ensure safe, continuous motorcycle performance.

Two of the key characteristics from a safety perspective that vehicles must have in order to use controlled-access highways are:
o A high enough speed to keep up with traffic: the maximum speed on controlled-access highways is posted at 100 km/h.
o Ability to maintain this speed for long distances (i.e. referred to as "range").

Modern e-motorcycle models have now satisfied these thresholds which has now called for a removal of this restriction.

By removing the current prohibition of electric motorcycles on controlled-access highways we will make the use of electric vehicles more attractive to consumers. MTO's proposal aligns with the Government's environmental agenda and reduces regulatory burden on industry while creating an opportunity for growth in a globally competitive market while maintaining overall safer roads in Ontario.

We invite you to review the attached link for the Highway Traffic Act Regulation 630 s.1 (1) (c) , the attached summary and submit comments on this proposal for MTO consideration.
An information notice of this proposal has also been posted on the Environmental Registry at the following link: [insert URL when created]

Analysis of Regulatory Impact:

Further Information:
Proposal Number:
Posting Date:
October 9, 2018
Comments Due Date:
October 29, 2018
Contact Address:
Ministry of Transportation
Road Safety Policy Office
Safety Policy and Education Branch
87 Sir William Hearst Avenue
Building "A", Room 212
Toronto, Ontario
M3M 0B4