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Re-writing Minister for roundabout rules that remain out of reach

July 26, 2017

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July 26, 2017

 

Re-writing Minister for roundabout rules that remain out of reach 

Kitchener – Five years after first writing the Minister of Transportation to address traffic safety concerns for roundabouts in Waterloo Region, MPP Michael Harris says the continued lack of action in the face of further questions, confusion and accidents, is irresponsible.

The Kitchener-Conestoga MPP voiced growing concern as he again wrote the Minister of Transportation – the third Minister who has failed to act since his first letter – asking for review of his private members bill(s), ‘and consider its direction for consultation and regulations to establish consistent rules for roundabouts across the province.’

“In spite of Bill 65 the Safe Roundabouts Act, 2015 passing second reading debate, the ensuing delay in establishing roundabout rules – due to the bill “dying” on the order paper when the Legislature prorogued – has only furthered the ongoing concerns and confusion faced by motorists, pedestrians and cyclists alike,” Harris wrote. “The fact is, as the occurrence of roundabouts across Ontario continues to increase, so too do questions over safety and concerns over consistency of rules for drivers and pedestrians navigating their way through – and across – these traffic circles.”

Harris went on to highlight the fact that statistics indicate that the Homer Watson Boulevard and Block Line Road roundabout has become the intersection with the highest number of vehicle collisions in Waterloo Region – 494 collisions between 2012 and 2016.

“With nearly 40 roundabouts in Waterloo Region and many more municipalities opting for roundabouts across Ontario, it’s the provincial government’s responsibility to govern and direct how drivers maneuver through them under the Highway Traffic Act,” continued Harris. “I look forward to your attention to this provincial responsibility and your action to help ensure the safety of Ontario drivers and pedestrians alike.”

Harris again introduced the Safe Roundabouts Act for a third time late last year. Bill 72 can be reviewed here: http://www.ontla.on.ca/web/bills/bills_detail.do?locale=en&Intranet=&BillID=4413

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 For further information contact: Rob Willett | 519-404-4052 | rob.willett@pc.ola.org |

 

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