OFA provides comments to the Ministry of Transportation’s proposal on the Golf Cart Pilot Framework regarding road safety. OFA recommends driver qualifications include G2/M2 driver’s license, to be consistent with other licensing required for on-road use of off-road vehicles and to ensure operators have a rudimentary knowledge of the proper rules for safe driving. Within the proposed framework, we note the operating requirement that a maximum speed will not be more than 50km/h although the standing operating requirement cannot exceed 32 km/h. OFA recommends the Ministry clarify for the golf cart proposal whether 32 km/h is the governed maximum speed the cart will be allowed to travel. OFA believes that regarding Insurance Requirements, insurance and registration should be mandatory; having no insurance exposes persons involved in accidents with these vehicles to unnecessary costs, and a lack of access to statutory accident benefits. Regarding Vehicle Safety, OFA recommends the Ministry review the consistency of these safety features listed for golf carts; daytime running lights, turn signals, brakes lights and seatbelts, to ensure any retrofit is of a minimum safety standard. OFA recommends MTO consider an on-road pilot for multi-purpose off-highway utility vehicles, as there is a large inventory of these vehicles, they include many safety features considered in the framework, and many of the features desired by proponents of the pilot proposal on Pelee Island.
Submissions & Correspondence
OFA submission regarding golf cart pilot proposal on Pelee Island
Updated: February 5, 2021