MANITOBA HAMS WIN EXEMPTION ON BILL 5

Radio Amateurs of Canada’s Midwest Regional Director Derek Hay, VE4HAY, along with committee members VE4BAW and VE4MBQ, have won an exemption (in the form of a last minute amendment) that specifically excludes all two-way radio use from a Bill designed to amend the Highway Traffic Act in Manitoba.

Bill 5 will prohibit drivers in Manitoba from using cell phones or similar electronic communications devices and in its original form could have interpreted to have included amateur radio mobile devices.

The exemption reads that the Bill does not apply to a radio apparatus that is operated under the authority of a radio operator certificate issued under the Radiocommunications Act. And, while amateur radio isn’t specifically stated, the exemption uses citizen’s band or family radio as an example.

RAC will be forwarding the Manitoba information directly to staff at Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation and a letter to Minister Bradley will also be drafted.

Ontario hams should continue to offer their personal comments to the Ontario Ministry of Transportation’s comment website.

As Yogi Berra said: “It ain’t over until it’s over.”

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