Ontario Looking for Feedback on CB Exemption Rules
Posted: October 30, 2014
TORONTO – The Ontario Ministry of Transportation appears to be on the brink of implementing a five-year extension to the exemption for hand-held, two-way radio usage under the province’s 2009 distracted driving law, the Ontario Trucking Association announced today.
Before making a decision either way, the ministry is looking for feedback from truckers and the general public on the issue of continuing to allow commercial drivers to use two-way, Citizen Band Radios (CB) beyond Jan. 1 2013, when the exemption is set to expire.
The MTO initially agreed to a three-year phase-out period so that hands-free, two-way tech would have time to develop. That hasn’t happened, wrote transportation minister Bob Chiarelli in a letter to the OTA.
Still, though, Chiarelli, wrote, government and industry must continue to work towards a solution.
OTA president, David Bradley said that the CB “remains an important safety and social communication tool for thousands of truck drivers.” Bradley commended the MTO for “choosing a regulatory path specifically for these devices that encourages the development of a suitable, readily available hands-free technology down the road but in the meantime is not disruptive to the everyday operations of countless truck drivers.”