Kirkland Lake puts brakes on low-speed vehicle pilot program

KIRKLAND LAKE - After several months of debating, Kirkland Lake has decided against participating in a provincial low-speed vehicle (LSV) pilot program.

The decision not to participate in the program looking at the use of LSVs as part of a new Highway Traffic Act regulation was made at the June 18 council meeting.

Members also directed staff to review all existing bylaws related to municipal highway use to update the list of what should be permitted and allow for consultation with the OPP on the enforceability of the bylaws.

The town’s conveyance devices, motorized snow vehicles, off-road vehicles, along with its traffic and parking bylaws are part of the process.

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LSVs must be electric and have four wheels, have a maximum speed of between 32 and 40 kilometres an hour and be operated by a person who has a full G class driver’s license or higher.

Because the pilot isn’t being implemented, OPP will enforce LSVs under the Highway Traffic Act provisions.

It means that people using an LSV that's not a mobility aid will be ticketed and asked not to travel on highways, said Dan Laverdure director of development and enterprise services.

In January, council deferred a vote on having the LSV pilot program implemented in the community after a presentation sparked a hefty debate and resulted in confusion of what actually defines an LSV.

Marissa Lentz, Local Journalism Initiative,