September 30, 2009
Ontario’s new law banning emailing and talking into hand-held cellphones and BlackBerrys while driving won’t take effect until late October, according to Transportation Minister Jim Bradley. Exemptions, such as leeway for truckers, will be considered. The law will be phased in gradually with police issuing warnings for the first few months.
September 13, 2009
Air Canada has filed a lawsuit against a top official of the Obama administration in an attempt to quash a recent U.S. ruling that would prevent the airline from flying Canadian hockey teams between regular-season games south of the border. The airline filed a request for a court injunction this week that called U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood’s clamp down on Air Canada’s sports charter services an “arbitrary and capricious action contrary to law.” The strongly worded suit warned that the resulting cross-border spat would wreak havoc” on the coming professional hockey season
For more see: http://www.thestar.com/business/article/694014
September 11, 2009
Ford Backs Ban on Text Messaging by Drivers Sign in to Recommend
By NICK BUNKLEY
September 10, 2009
The New York Times
The Ford Motor Company on Thursday became the first automaker to endorse a federal ban on sending text messages while driving.
Ford issued a statement in support of legislation proposed by Senator Charles E. Schumer, Democrat of New York, that would cut by 25 percent the federal highway financing given to states that did not comply with a text-messaging ban. Ford also said it supported a similar proposal in the House by Carolyn McCarthy, Democrat of New York.
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September 10, 2009
Toronto Island Airport Tunnel Challenged
According the the Toronto Star a Toronto Port Authority regulation prohibits the construction of a “bridge or similar fixed link” between Toronto and the island airport. Could this threaten the port authority’s proposal to build an airport tunnel? The regulation, imposed by Paul Martin’s Liberal government in 2005, makes the pedestrian tunnel an “illegal project,”. But Mark McQueen, chair of the port authority, argues the regulation does not apply to tunnels, as “there’s nothing similar” between an underground passageway and a bridge.
Click here for more on the story: http://www.thestar.com/article/689125
September 10, 2009
Cars, energy and the environment will all be on the agenda in Montreal, September 28-30, as the city hosts PHEV’09, the conference and trade show devoted to the latest technological breakthroughs in electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids. The event takes place at the Hyatt Regency Hotel (conference) and Complexe Desjardins (trade show).
The diverse program includes a series of workshops and conferences dealing with many topical and thought-provoking subjects. These include: standards, regulations and safety in the electric vehicle market, now and in the foreseeable future; the various initiatives to promote and support electric vehicles; the performance of transportation alternatives in the context of climate change; the transitioning of the workers to an electric-vehicle society, along with an overview of current research and development activities across Canada.
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September 9, 2009
The National Transportation Policy Project (NTPP) is a project of the Bipartisan Policy Center, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank founded by former U.S. Senate Majority Leaders Howard Baker, Tom Daschle, Bob Dole and George Mitchell. In June 2009, NTPP released its plan for reforming surface-transportation policy titled, “Performance Driven: A New Vision for U.S. Transportation Policy.” It proposes a simple, common-sense approach:
• Set clear objectives for federal spending;
• Develop measures to evaluate whether these objectives are being advanced, and
• Adjust funding to reward good performance.
The current federal transportation law was to expire Sept. 30. The Obama administration has asked Congress to extend the current surface transportation law for 18 months and inject $20 billion into the trust fund to keep it afloat through the opening months of the 112th Congress, which convenes in January 2011.
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September 8, 2009
Back to School
Investigation shows a hodgepodge of safety standards plagues extracurricular activity vehicles. Recent inquests have been largely ignored across Canada. None of the major safety recommendations has been adopted by the federal government, or any of the provinces.
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