Drug Use and Public Safety

Phil Verster, the CEO of Ontario’s Metrolinx, the regional transportation agency which operates GO Transit in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, recently captured headlines by announcing changes to the agency’s fitness-for-duty policies which came into effect on February 1st, 2019.  The changes focus on workers’ use of recreational cannabis.  They are clear and to …

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Super Bowl Car Commercials

It’s difficult to know what to make of only six of the 56 Super Bowl 2019 TV commercials being car ads and none from American car manufacturers.  It’s not as if car companies don’t have much to say.  As a Forbes magazine reviewer of this ad group wrote, what with “their utility or efficiency, … …

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Speeding on the Autobahn

That was (almost) a close call!  But, according to Germany’s transport minister, Andreas Scheuer, “common sense” has prevailed, and leaked proposals by a government-appointed committee on the future of mobility to impose a 130 kph (80 mph) limit on the country’s autobahn network have been rejected. The heated debate is over … for now or, according to …

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Horns and Honking

Think of the statutes passed by our federal and provincial governments as ‘the tip of the iceberg’.  Under the water line are even more volumes of regulations addressing the whole hierarchy of detail thereby systemized and controlled by the statutes. The British Columbia Motor Vehicle Act, for example, extends its rule-making authority over details to …

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Big Changes for ICBC

Despite the number of crashes, fatalities, and injuries macro-trending in the right direction—downward, despite significant advances in injury treatment and post-accident therapies, despite sturdier, more crashworthy vehicles, most drivers will have noticed that the macro-trend for their car insurance premiums has gone the opposite direction. And yet, says the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC), …

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Good News About the Problem of Impaired Driving

The previous Road Rules article discussed the new Criminal Code impaired driving rules (effective December 18, 2018) by noting that, despite many efforts over many decades to stop this behaviour, it remains a leading cause of death in Canada.  Reportedly there is an average of almost four deaths per day related to impaired driving. However, …

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Impaired Driving Still a Problem

Despite increasingly punitive impaired driving laws, despite educational efforts starting in grade school to raise awareness of and deter the behavior, despite sophisticated efforts by non-profit organizations dedicated to “stopping this violent crime,” and advocating for and supporting victims and their families, impaired driving remains a leading cause of death in Canada: — by some …

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Can Airbags Hurt You?

The Takata airbag recall—extending to 19 vehicle manufacturers, 50 million vehicles in the US with 10 million more scheduled for recall in January 2019, and 5 million in Canada—remains the largest in history. While Takata, the Japanese manufacturer of the airbag, took some time to identify the cause, a recent report from Associated Press confirms …

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Will Flying Cars Become a Reality?

A couple of years ago, at the 2015 global aviation show, ‘AERO Friedrichshafen’ held in Friedrichshafen, Germany, Carplane® GmbH, a company co-funded by the EU and the German State of Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen) unveiled a ‘nearly complete’ prototype of its flying car, designed for road travel capability to and from airstrips, and flight travel between …

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Tracking the Location of Electric Vehicles

Associated Press has reported recently that all the major manufacturers of electric vehicles currently accessing the Chinese market are complying with regulations in China that require them to transmit data collected by the tracking systems in these vehicles to government-backed monitoring centers.  The manufacturers more or less uniformly say they are doing so having obtained …

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