Low Speed Vehicle By-Law

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The City of Sarnia has received a request to provide consideration for low-speed vehicles (LSVs) on City Streets. Until October 28, 2022, the City of Sarnia is looking for public input towards the proposed Low Speed Vehicle By-Law. Please take a moment to review the information available on this page and participate in our Public Consultation Process.

Overview

LSVs are electric vehicles designed to run at a maximum speed of 40 km/h and are typically used for short vehicle trips in an urban area. They are considered by many to be an environmentally-friendly alternative to a full-sized passenger vehicle.

Under a 10-year provincial pilot project (O.Reg 215/17) that began in 2017, LSVs are permitted to operate within municipalities where a by-law has been passed authorizing their use. Since inception, Ontario municipalities have been slow to adopt by-laws to include the use of LSVs. They have however gained more momentum recently as innovative uses have surfaced. Outside of Ontario a number of municipalities in the provinces of British Columbia and Quebec permit LSVs within their legislation.

Staff is recommending that the City of Sarnia opt into the LSV program, exclusively for the purpose of business or commercial use. In order to obtain the rights of passenger conveyance, in addition to conforming with all requirements under Ontario Regulation 215/17, users must also register with Sarnia Police Service per the City’s Taxi By-Law. In order to be in compliance with the City’s Taxi By-Law (19 of 2018), the amount of liability insurance, including passenger hazard must be increased to $2 million.

Share your opinion

Please take a moment to review the information provided and participate in our Public Consultation Process by sharing your feedback below via the Written Feedback tool. You may also reach out to City staff directly to discuss this topic and share your view.

You can check the Important Documents section of this page for a full copy of the proposed by-law.

More information

If you have any questions related to the information provided on this page, or to share your input on this topic please contact Alister Brown, Manager of Development and Transportation, at 519-332-0527, ext. 3359, or by email to alister.brown@sarnia.ca

Personal Information Collection Notice - The City of Sarnia collects personal information from the public feedback made to the City of Sarnia and/or its Committees under the legal authority of the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Public feedback to proposals is considered to be public record pursuant to the Act. Please be aware that if you are submitting correspondence to the City of Sarnia relating to a proposal, your name, contact information and communications will become part of the public record that will be available to the general public. Questions about this collection should be addressed to the City Clerk, 2nd floor, City Hall, 255 Christina Street North, Sarnia, ON N7T 7N2. Tel. 519-519-0330. Email: clerks@sarnia.ca

*Images provided by E-Carts Ontario with permission from SC Carts

The City of Sarnia has received a request to provide consideration for low-speed vehicles (LSVs) on City Streets. Until October 28, 2022, the City of Sarnia is looking for public input towards the proposed Low Speed Vehicle By-Law. Please take a moment to review the information available on this page and participate in our Public Consultation Process.

Overview

LSVs are electric vehicles designed to run at a maximum speed of 40 km/h and are typically used for short vehicle trips in an urban area. They are considered by many to be an environmentally-friendly alternative to a full-sized passenger vehicle.

Under a 10-year provincial pilot project (O.Reg 215/17) that began in 2017, LSVs are permitted to operate within municipalities where a by-law has been passed authorizing their use. Since inception, Ontario municipalities have been slow to adopt by-laws to include the use of LSVs. They have however gained more momentum recently as innovative uses have surfaced. Outside of Ontario a number of municipalities in the provinces of British Columbia and Quebec permit LSVs within their legislation.

Staff is recommending that the City of Sarnia opt into the LSV program, exclusively for the purpose of business or commercial use. In order to obtain the rights of passenger conveyance, in addition to conforming with all requirements under Ontario Regulation 215/17, users must also register with Sarnia Police Service per the City’s Taxi By-Law. In order to be in compliance with the City’s Taxi By-Law (19 of 2018), the amount of liability insurance, including passenger hazard must be increased to $2 million.

Share your opinion

Please take a moment to review the information provided and participate in our Public Consultation Process by sharing your feedback below via the Written Feedback tool. You may also reach out to City staff directly to discuss this topic and share your view.

You can check the Important Documents section of this page for a full copy of the proposed by-law.

More information

If you have any questions related to the information provided on this page, or to share your input on this topic please contact Alister Brown, Manager of Development and Transportation, at 519-332-0527, ext. 3359, or by email to alister.brown@sarnia.ca

Personal Information Collection Notice - The City of Sarnia collects personal information from the public feedback made to the City of Sarnia and/or its Committees under the legal authority of the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Public feedback to proposals is considered to be public record pursuant to the Act. Please be aware that if you are submitting correspondence to the City of Sarnia relating to a proposal, your name, contact information and communications will become part of the public record that will be available to the general public. Questions about this collection should be addressed to the City Clerk, 2nd floor, City Hall, 255 Christina Street North, Sarnia, ON N7T 7N2. Tel. 519-519-0330. Email: clerks@sarnia.ca

*Images provided by E-Carts Ontario with permission from SC Carts

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Do not approve implementation until after the Provincial Test is fully completed on July 1, 2027. How would commercial service be regulated? Sarnia has adopted a program of road dieting which will make it more difficult to accommodate slow moving vehicles. Is there a need to have a minimum speed regulation for the low speed vehicles?

Coilin 1 day ago
Page last updated: 23 Sep 2022, 03:54 PM