RAC Bulletin 2014-010E – Distracted Driving Bulletin: New Brunswick confirms exemption for Ham Radio Operators.
Radio Amateurs of Canada is announcing today confirmation that the New Brunswick Government has tabled new legislation to provide an exemption to that province's distracted driving law for amateur radio operators. The announcement was made at the Legislature in Fredericton today with amateur radio operators in attendance at the invitation of Minister of Justice's Troy Lifford recent invitation. RAC member Alan Thurber VE1AKT was formally recognized in the Legislature with extensive recognition of his involvement in amateur radio, various groups and the community in general.
While RAC finds victory in today's announcement, we hope the New Brunswick government will make this a permanent exemption. RAC took a strong positions going as far back as December 2010 with respect to New Brunswick's then new legislation banning the use of any mobile radios for amateur operators. "It goes without saying we are extremely satisfied that New Brunswick has finally come to recognize that amateur radio enhances public safety." – Geoff Bawden, VE4BAW (RAC President).
Exemptions exist in other provincial jurisdictions in Canada – thanks to the efforts of local amateurs and RAC's national strategy to address distracted driving legislation.
The Radio Amateurs of Canada is Canada's national voice for Amateur Radio. Our efforts not only promote the Amateur Radio Service but protect it from regulatory interference that may lead to less capability in providing emergency communications.
Geoff Bawden VE4BAW, President, Radio Amateurs of Canada
Len Morgan VE9MY, RAC Deputy Director – Atlantic Region
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