Roundabout testing on driving exams more important than everOctober 31, 2012
KITCHENER — With 37 roundabouts throughout the region and plenty more on the way, it’s more important than ever to include roundabout testing on driving exams in Waterloo Region, Kitchener-Conestoga MPP Michael Harris said today.
“The Region of Waterloo has already undertaken a major effort to educate all members of the public on roundabouts,” Harris said. “To augment this good work, I’m calling on the Province to also take action by including roundabout testing on both G2 and G driving exams.”
The Canadian Automobile Association has endorsed Harris’s recommendation, saying “ensuring that motorists are properly prepared to drive on Ontario’s roads is a critical component to preventing accidents, and maintaining safe roads across the province.”
Over the past few years, there have been numerous collisions on local roadways involving both pedestrians and drivers improperly entering and exiting roundabouts.
“The rising number of collisions, and the resulting increase in public anxiety, clearly demonstrates the need to take action now to improve safety at these intersections,” Harris said.
In a letter sent to provincial Transportation Minister Bob Chiarelli earlier this year, Harris asked the province to require drivers with roundabouts in their community to successfully enter and exit a roundabout during their driving test in order to obtain a licence.
Minister Chiarelli responded nearly two months later, saying that he would not include this feature on driving exams in communities with roundabouts and instead encouraged local driving schools to train their students on how to properly manoeuvre through these intersections.
“Unfortunately, the Minister missed the key issue. Requiring drivers to successfully enter and exit a roundabout on their driving exams would ensure that they have been properly trained on how to navigate through all intersections in Waterloo Region,” said Harris. “This simple addition would go a long way in reducing the number of collisions at roundabouts.”