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March 2020
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INDUSTRY NEWS
Enhanced license plate in development, Ford government says after admitting visibility issues
CITY NEWS
 

A day after admitting that Ontario’s new license plates are plagued by visibility issues, the Ford government says an enhanced plate is currently being developed and should be available in “less than three weeks.”

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City of Montreal bans electronic scooters
RADIO CANADA INTERNATIONAL
 

After a pilot project, the city of Montreal has decided to ban shared e-scooters in 2020. According to CBC News, the announcement was made at an executive meeting on Feb. 19, by Montreal city Councillor, Éric Alan Caldwell.

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Ontario Working on Northern Transportation Plan
NET NEWSLEDGER
 

Ontario is working to develop a transportation plan that the Ford Government says will get people moving, connect communities and bring more economic opportunities to the people of Northern Ontario.

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Alberta may become the latest province to decriminalize drunk driving. Here’s why
THE STAR
 

Advocates and defense lawyers are growing worried as the Alberta government looks at largely decriminalizing drunk driving in the province, a surprising reversal in the United Conservative Party’s original stance on the issue.

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Autonomous Approach: Report suggests Ontario’s 407 ETR be transformed into AV testing route
COLLISION REPAIR MAGAZINE
 

The Toronto Region Board of Trade is recommending that Highway 407, an express toll route (ETR) in Ontario, be transformed into what it is calling “the AV Highway of the Americas,” a real-time testbed for vehicles equipped with autonomous technologies.

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Is Automotive Innovation More Harmful Than Helpful?
NET NEWSLEDGER
 

Automotive innovations have led to some incredible feats. In 1964 on a British motorway, an AC Corba Coupe famously reached 186 mph, and today the Bugatti Chiron holds the world record for speed at 304.773 mph. 

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Here’s one thing on which Canadian drivers and insurers can agree
CANADIAN UNDERWRITER 
 

Canadians and insurers agree on one thing: Distracted driving is the biggest threat to safe roads. A recent survey by Rates.ca shows that 40% of Canadians think distracted driving is the top cause of car-related deaths, surpassing impaired driving at 33%.

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Lyft ramps up a self-driving program
YAHOO NEWS 
 

A year ago, Lyft submitted a report to the California Department of Motor Vehicles that summed up its 2018 autonomous vehicle testing activity in a single, short paragraph.

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How a Toronto company is making self-driving technology a reality on our roads
CBC NEWS
 

X-Matik founder and CEO Nima Ashtari sits behind the steering wheel of a cargo van while it drives itself down the Don Valley Parkway. "So all I do is hit a button ... and let it go," he says.

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Ontario's Building Transit Faster Act: New Mechanisms Aim To Speed Up Priority Transit Projects 
MONDAQ
 

On February 18, 2020, the Minister of Transportation introduced Bill 171, An Act to Enact the Building Transit Faster Act, 2020 and make related amendments to other Acts. 

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Treaty 3 communities, Ontario transportation ministry sign highway-twinning agreement
CBC NEWS
 

Four northwestern Ontario Indigenous communities have signed an agreement with the province's transportation ministry over the planned twinning of the TransCanada Highway between Kenora and the Manitoba border.

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Too early to determine whether pot-impaired driving on the increase 
TORONTO SUN
 

Whether or not pot smoking has driven up cases of impaired driving has been hotly debated since cannabis was legalized in October 2018. But a recent report out of Edmonton suggests there has been a slight increase in the prevalence in drug-impaired driving since legalization.

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OTC EVENTS
OTC Calendar of Events
 

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  • Book 7 Training (Non-Freeway) –  8:00 am to 4:00 pm; Centre for Health & Safety (CHSI), Mississauga, ON

    • March 11, 2020
    • April 16, 2020
    • April 30, 2020
    • June 5, 2020
    • September 11, 2020
    • October 16, 2020
    • November 13, 2020
    • December 3, 2020
 
MUNICIPAL NEWS
Report: City pushing to become more cyclist-friendly
SUDBURY.COM
 

Construction of phase one of the Notre Dame Bikeway is slated to start and finish this year, according to a report headed to the city's operations committee on March 2.

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Oshawa, Whitby share concerns over Highway 2 BRT project
OSHAWA EXPRESS
 

Council has unanimously voted to stand with concerns from the Town of Whitby regarding a large project currently proposed by Metrolinx.

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New bike-commuter routes to be built this summer (4 maps)
SOO TODAY
 

Sault Ste. Marie will seriously crank up the cadence of bicycle route construction in 2020. City officials plan on spending $726,000 before year's end on cycling routes and multi-use paths.

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COUNCIL CONNECTION: New traffic safety projects coming soon in Georgina
YORK REGION
 

York Region has approved a two-year pilot project for an automated speed enforcement (ASE) camera. The ASE camera will move monthly, among 12 community safety zones in York Region, covering 19 schools. Findings from the pilot will be shared with local municipalities for future consideration of ASE in community safety zones.

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Keep calm and check out these traffic calming ideas for Newmarket's Lorne Avenue
NEWMARKET TODAY
 

Lorne Avenue in Newmarket’s downtown is getting a complete redo and could be reconstructed as a sort of showpiece that uses various traffic calming measures along its entire length.

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Durham kicks off Oshawa Bloor Street East widening environmental assessment
DURHAM REGION
 

The Region of Durham has begun the process to widen and realign Bloor Street east of Harmony Road in Oshawa. Durham is looking at widening and realigning a stretch from Harmony Road to Grandview Street in order to address increasing traffic, safety, and operational deficiencies.

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Speed cameras could be in front of Waterloo schools by year’s end
GLOBAL NEWS
 

Automated speed enforcement (ASE) cameras could be in front of Waterloo Region schools by the end of the year. A report is expected to be presented to Waterloo regional council sometime within the next couple of months that will seek approval for ASE cameras.

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Are e-scooters coming to Toronto?
TORONTO SUN
 

As Toronto looks into the possibility of allowing e-scooters on public roads, Montreal moved earlier this month to outlaw self-service rentals of the vehicles.

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Slow down! Speed cameras coming to Durham school zones
DURHAM REGION
 

On Tuesday, Feb. 18, the Region of Durham started installing advance warning signs that speed cameras are coming and they could be active as early as Monday, May 18.

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How many drivers have been ticketed by Waterdown's only red-light camera?
FLAMBOROUGH REVIEW
 

The red-light camera installed at the intersection of Dundas and Mill streets in Waterdown handed out 1,147 tickets last year, a slight reduction from the previous year’s ticket count of 1,294. In the second half of 2017, after it was installed in July, it issued 766 tickets.

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Hamilton transportation task force has a new deadline of March 16
CBC NEWS 
 

The task force deciding how to spend $1 billion in transportation money for Hamilton has two extra weeks to make its decision.

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Four new school safety zones to target speeders
THE SARNIA JOURNAL
 

Sarnia will create “community safety zones” at four elementary schools as a potential first step for installing photo radar. City council’s move will artificially reduce the vehicle speed limits within 150 meters of the school property lines at P.E. McGibbon, Errol Road, Rosedale, and St. Michael’s schools.

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Cycling plan in development for Grey County
THE SUN TIMES
 

Grey County is doing what it can to make itself as cyclist-friendly as possible. On Thursday, the county council received a draft of its new cycling and trails master plan, which proposes the development of more than 830 kilometers in “facilities” geared toward cyclists in the future.

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