School Zones Time of Day reduced Speed Limit Signs amendment to HTA Regulation 615, Signs
Regulation - LGIC
Bill or Act:
Highway Traffic Act
Summary of Decision:
The Regulation was filed with the Registrar of Regulations and is now in effect.
Analysis of Regulatory Impact:
These signs are discretionary in nature. Municipalities will be able to utilize these signs as they deem appropriate within their jurisdiction but will not be required to do so. Municipalities that choose to use these new signs will bear the costs of manufacturing and maintenance, which are expected to be significantly less than the costs to produce and maintain the automated signs currently allowed under Regulation 615, Signs.
The benefits include increased traffic control and compliance. Municipalities anticipate that in areas where ASE is implemented there will be fewer challenges in court. This should result in fewer resources being spent on going to court.
There are no costs for business related to this proposed amendment. These amendments, if passed, are not expected to have a negative impact on the economy or on businesses. They are also not anticipated to have any environmental impact.
July 10, 2020
Summary of Proposal:
Traffic signs are used to inform, guide and control traffic, including pedestrians, motor vehicle drivers and bicyclists. The Safer School Zones Act included an amendment to the Highway Traffic Act (HTA) that permits municipalities to implement automated speed enforcement (ASE) on highways with a posted speed limit below 80 km/h in school zones and community safety zones.
Regulation 615, Signs, of the HTA currently allows time of day reduced speed limits in school zones using flashing amber lights and a "When Flashing" tab. Alternate signs that set out the time, day and month of the reduced speed limits are proposed for use by those municipalities that are implementing automated speed enforcement in school zones.
The new signs will assist in traffic control and enforcement efforts in these school zones.
The regulatory amendment is a housekeeping matter that responds to municipal requests.
The ministry is soliciting public comment on this proposed regulatory amendment.
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August 28, 2020