Ontario confirms e-scooter pilot program

Published: December 3, 2019

Updated: December 4, 2019

Author: Luke Jones

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Ontario has announced it will introduce a pilot program for e-scooters throughout the province. Starting Jan. 1, 2020, a five-year pilot will begin.

Under current Ontarian law, two-wheeled motorized scooters are illegal. People cannot use them in any location other than on private property.

With the new pilot program, e-scooters will be legal. However, the provincial government says individual municipalities are free to decide if they allow e-scooters on their roads or not. This includes allowances to use the vehicles in parks and on trails.

As for drivers, they will need to be at least 16 years old and must wear a helmet at all times when using the scooters. Furthermore, the vehicle must also have a horn of bell and front/rear lights.

Ontario’s decision coincides with Quebec and Alberta, where other e-scooter pilots are going live.

Transportation Minister Caroline Mulroney says the five-year trial will give businesses time to scale up and provide within the local economy.