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Province Announces Cargo E-bike Pilot Program
On Monday, March 1, the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) announced a pilot program to permit the use of larger cargo e-bikes.
Municipalities wishing to permit the use of cargo e-bikes can now do so by the enacting a by-law. Many smaller cargo e-bikes currently meet Ontario’s definition for power-assisted bicycles (e-bikes). This pilot program is specifically for larger cargo e-bikes that do not currently meet the definition of e-bikes. The pilot program sets out specific vehicle and operator requirements. These are linked below.
Highlights of the program include:
Similar experiments in other jurisdictions have shown that cargo e-bikes are an innovative modality that efficiently facilitates less carbon-intensive movement of goods. These devices have proven to be a key component of right-sized fleets and an effective tool in addressing congestion.
OGRA supports this pilot project because it preserves the decision-making authority of municipal governments while also enabling private sector innovation.
For more information, you can review the regulatory changes at:Click Here
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