After consultation with other affected groups and following discussions with Ontario Ministry of Transportation staff Radio Amateurs of Canada is recommending that all interested amateur radio operators offer their comments to the possible impact that Bill 118 (the anti-cell-phone-while-driving Bill) could have on amateur radio use in moving vehicles.
The web address to read the Bill as it stands today is http://www.ontariocanada.com/registry/quickSearch.do?searchType=current
At the bottom of that page is a link to a comments page.
We would like to remind the Ministry that the 20,000 licensed amateur radio operators who use their federally licensed mobile radio equipment were never part of the problem.
We’d also like to remind the Ministry that curtailing the use of mobile two-way radio transceivers by amateur radio operators and other two-way radio mobile users will in no way solve the problem of distracted drivers using their cell phones.
We would encourage all amateurs to offer the Ministry their clear and concise comments about how they have served their local communities, regions and the province through their use of amateur radio.
Supporting documents already sent to the Minister of Transport are available upon request to firstname.lastname@example.org (I will respond to e-mails sent over the weekend on Monday, June 8th).
We would ask that you alert your fellow amateur radio operators in your clubs, associations and communities to this issue and urge them to take immediate action by sending their comments to the Ontario Ministry of Transportation.