British Columbia is one step closer to rolling out new transportation technology, with the introduction of pilot projects on the horizon.
Changes to the Motor Vehicle Act will soon allow for the launch of pilot projects, giving government the chance to work with communities in researching and testing how new mobility technologies – like e-scooters, electric unicycles or e-skateboards – should be used to promote active transportation and ensure the safety of all road users.
Amendments to the act, which were introduced in early October 2019, have been approved and will give government the ability to establish a regulatory framework to support the safe, effective use of increasingly diverse modes of personal transportation. The changes clarify how emerging transportation technology can be used and allow the Province to engage with local governments to test these devices.
Establishing the authority to conduct pilot projects gives government and local communities the ability to effectively address changing public mobility needs and expectations. It will also let government find effective solutions for devices that are not yet permitted to operate on highways or sidewalks.
Government is developing the process for creating pilot projects, and anticipates providing further information and inviting community proposals in January 2020.
Learn more about the Province’s overarching Active Transportation Strategy here: