Moving Ontarians Safely Act

Bill 40, the Moving Ontarians Safely Act, is a piece of Legislation introduced by MPP Joel Harden and Co-Sponsored by MPP's Jessica Bell, Doly Begum and Bhutila Karpoche that seeks to introduce new road safety measures to protect our most vulnerable road users.

Currently, drivers who kill or seriously injure pedestrians due to careless driving are charged under Ontario’s Highway Traffic Act and typically walk away with small fines.

If the Moving Ontarians Safely Act is passedpenalties will apply to all driving offences under the Highway Traffic Act that result in the death or serious injury of a vulnerable road user. 

The penalties introduced by the bill include:

  • community service;

  • license suspension;

  • driver re-education;

  • requirements for culpable motorists to attend court for sentencing and to hear victim impact statements.

Vulnerable road users like cyclists, pedestrians, road workers and people who use mobility devices like walkers or wheelchairs, would all be protected by this bill.

 

You can show your support for Bill 40, and better protections for vulnerable road users, by using the tools below!

#Safety Ride for People and Planet

Over four days, September 21-24 2023, in his capacity as Ontario’s Critic for Active Transportation, MPP Joel Harden (Ottawa Centre) rode his bike from Ottawa to the Ontario Legislature. Along the way he hosted community conversations about safety for vulnerable road users (pedestrians, wheelchair users, cyclists and others).

We called this the #SafetyRide for people and planet.

Our #SafetyRide stoped in rural, suburban, and urban areas. We heard stories that we hope inspire change.

Our #SafetyRide was about promoting active transportation, seeing the beauty of Ontario by bicycle, and protecting vulnerable road users. Vulnerable road users include cyclists, pedestrians, road workers and people who use mobility devices like walkers or wheelchairs.

The ride wasn't just a challenge, it was a fun way to think about how to make our communities safer and more sustainable. The Ontario Legislature has debated the Protecting Vulnerable Road Users Act five times in the last ten years but it has yet to be passed into law. We are hoping our #SafetyRide can inspire this to happen in Ontario's 43rd Parliament. Our PMB is Bill 40 the Moving Ontarians Safely Act. It includes the following measures for those found guilty of road offenses: community service; license suspension; driver re-education; and also requires a culpable motorist to attend court for sentencing and to hear victim impact statements.

We also made history: this is the first time an Ontario MPP biked to Toronto from a significant distance, with the explicit objective of wanting to listen to those with serious concerns about road safety, active transportation, and environmental change.

 

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