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Ontario Promotes Smaller, Urban Transportation Options

Postby Micronaut » Thu May 04, 2006 9:08 pm

Ontario Promotes Smaller, Urban Transportation Options

http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/arch ... c3525.html

Tests Support Safe Operation Of Motor Scooters And Mopeds; Help Ease Congestion

TORONTO, May 4 /CNW/ - With more drivers using mopeds and motor scooters
for transportation during the warmer weather, the province is reminding
drivers of the new test for moped and motor scooter operators.
"Ontario has the safest roads in North America," said Ontario Minister of
Transportation Harinder Takhar. "This government is following through on its
plan to maintain this strong safety record by testing drivers for the vehicles
they are operating, making our roads and communities even safer."
As of November 28, 2005, moped and motor scooter drivers are required to
hold a Class M licence. Applicants can now demonstrate their skills in a road
test using a moped or motor scooter. Testing drivers on their own motor
scooter or moped improves road safety, and it makes the whole licensing
process faster and more convenient. Those who pass will receive a "Class M
licence With L Condition" that allows them to drive those vehicle types only.
Road tests can now be booked at more than 60 Driver Examination Centres
and travel points throughout Ontario. Road tests will be conducted on lower-
speed roads to accommodate motor scooters and mopeds.
"Motorcycles and motor scooters are one of the most fuel-efficient forms
of transportation available. This government is meeting today's demands and
tomorrow's needs by encouraging the safe use of these vehicles," said Bob
Ramsey, president of the Motorcycle and Moped Industry Council.
"We are on the side of Ontario commuters," said Takhar. "This is just one
of the things we are doing to reduce congestion to make it easier for people
commuting so they can get home sooner to spend more time with their family."

Other initiatives include:
- investing $1.2 billion this year in new or improved public transit,
municipal roads and bridges across Ontario
- dedicating $838 million this year to expand and modernize public
transit in the GTA
- introducing legislation to create a Greater Toronto Transportation
Authority to take an inter-regional approach to creating seamless and
integrated transit and transportation
- providing new streetcars, buses and routes by delivering $1 billion in
provincial gas tax revenues for transit across Ontario.

Quick, reliable and safe transportation is vital to our economic success
and quality of life.

Disponible en français

www.mto.gov.on.ca


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ROAD TESTS FOR MOTOR SCOOTERS AND MOPEDS

On November 28, 2005, the McGuinty government introduced a new "Class M
licence With L Condition" for both motor scooter and moped operators,
requiring new drivers to be tested and licensed specifically for these types
of vehicles.
Previous road tests required driving on a highway and shifting gears.
Many motor scooters cannot reach speeds higher than 70 km/h, and most are
automatic.
Road tests for motor scooters or mopeds can be booked using the automated
Road Test Booking System on-line at www.rtbo.rus.mto.gov.on.ca. Applicants can
also call the Automated Road Test Booking line at 416-325-8580 or
1-888-570-6110 toll free.

Driver Examination Centres Offering Road Tests for Motor Scooters and
Mopeds
Road tests are now available at over 60 driver examination centres and
travel points across Ontario. For more information, visit www.drivetest.ca.

New motor scooter plate
A distinctive new licence plate is available for all motor scooters. The
new plate will be the same size as the existing motorcycle plate but is green
with white lettering.
Plate fees are $20. Annual validation and renewal fees are $42. Moped and
motorcycle plates will remain the same.

Contact:
Bob Nichols
Ministry of Transportation
416-327-1158

Disponible en français

www.mto.gov.on.ca


For further information: Media Contacts: Stephanie Nadalin, Minister's
Office, (416) 327-1815; Bob Nichols, Communications Branch, (416) 327-1158;
Public Inquiries: (416) 235-4686 (GTA), 1-800-268-4686 toll free,
1-866-471-8929 TTY; Drive Test Locations: www.drivetest.ca; Automated Road
Test Booking line, (416) 325-8580, 1-888-570-6110 toll free
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