Distracted Driving Law: Ontario Extends Exemption

RAC Bulletin 2012-057E - Distracted Driving Bulletin: Ontario Extends Exemption

The Radio Amateurs of Canada are today announcing written confirmation from Minister Bob Chiarelli of the Ontario Provincial Government regarding a five year extension of exemption to the Ontario distracted driving law. In his letter, Minister Chiarelli explains that the current exemptions for both Amateur Radio and Two Way Commercial Radios will be extended until January 1st, 2018.

Minister Chiarelli expresses his hope that in that time commercial hands free alternatives will be found for two way radios. While RAC finds victory in the five year extension, a permanent solution is desired and required.

The Radio Amateurs of Canada will continue to pursue a permanent exemption for Amateur Radio operators in Ontario. Similar exemptions already exist in many other provincial jurisdictions in Canada - thanks in part to the efforts of local amateurs and RAC's national strategy to address distracted driving legislation.

The Radio Amateurs of Canada is Canada's national voice for Amateur Radio. Our efforts not only promote the Amateur Radio Service but protect it from regulatory interference that may lead to less capability to provide emergency communications. Not already a RAC member? Why not join today at www.rac.ca
and find out about the many benefits our members enjoy across the country and the world beyond.

Bill Gade, VE4WO
Regulatory Affairs

Coverage Plots from Mike VA3MW

Mike VA3MW writes:

I've done some number crunching in Radio Mobile and here are the 2M VE3RPT coverage plots of a typical mobile, a typical hand held [and] a typical base station with an Omni antenna at 6db gain at 10M with 50 watts.

I have also added the KML files for Google Earth.

I'm sure these will generate some discussion.

As time permits, I will do more.

VE3RPT 2m Handheld Coverage
VE3RPT 2m Mobile Coverage
VE3RPT 2m Home Coverage

VE3RPT Coverage (KML files)