November 2019
Province Announces Five Year E-Scooter Pilot Project

2019-11-27 11:55:13 AM


The Ontario Government has announced a five year e-scooter pilot project that will begin on January 1st, 2020. Following a two-week consultation period, the five year pilot is launched within a framework of rules and requirements, such as helmet requirements and a maximum speed of 24 km/hr.

If a municipality permits the use of e-scooters on their roads by passing by-laws, municipalities should also consider the following:

  • Clearly define where e-scooters can be parked

    • Establish overnight responsibility for non-parking compliance

    • Decide who receives the penalty if its not parked in a designated location or left stranded

    • Decide a penalty structure to apply if the e-scooter is not returned to its parking location 

  • Establish operating parameters

    • Should a permit be required for an e-scooter business? If yes, performance standards and terms for violation for companies should be established 

    • Where e-scooters should be permitted (e.g. bike paths, trails, parks, etc.)

    • Who is responsible for removing e-scooters that are left stranded, damaged, or deemed unsafe

    • Limit the number of e-scooters allowed in a permitted area to address congestion concerns 

    • How e-scooters can be integrated with other road users 

  • Interoperability/Synergies

    • Consider how e-scooters can enhance connectivity, mode choice and multimodal access to jobs, housing, goods, and services

    • Identify ways for e-scooters to help reduce vehicular congestion and improve air quality 

    • ensure safe, convenient, and adequate e-scooters access/storage at transit stops and stations

  • Liability 

    • Require e-scooter companies to indemnify the municipality and hold appropriate insurance requirements

    • Determine the appropriate insurance coverage


Incident/collision and injury-related data will also have to be reported to the province when requested. 

Following the five year pilot, the Ministry of Transportation will consider how e-scooters have safely integrated with other vehicle types and determine if existing rules of the road are sufficient to permanently allow e-scooters in Ontario.

To help municipalities prepare for the integration of e-scooters, the provincial government has developed a best practice guidelines.

E-scooters are currently not permitted to operate in Ontario except on private property. Bird Canada, an e-scooter sharing company, launched a two-week pilot in September in Toronto’s Distillery District, which is privately owned.  While e-scooters are viewed as an environmentally friendly alternative mode of transportation, there are several safety concerns associated such as users leaving scooters on narrow sidewalks and outside businesses.

Quebec and Alberta are also currently running e-scooter pilots.

For more information, please see below:

Ontario Newsroom: Ontario Announces E-Scooter Pilot to Help Grow Ontario’s Economy

Ministry of Transportation: Electric Kick-Style Scooters (e-scooters)

Best Practices for Municipalities

AMCTO: Regulations on Safety Standards for E-Scooters Proposed


 


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