It appears that amateur radio operation in moving vehicles in the province of British Columbia will be exempted from proposed distracted driving legislation expected to be introduced soon. Amateurs in B.C. contacted local MLA’s and lobbied agencies and other government organizations helped by ham radio to speak on behalf of the benefits of the amateur radio service. Significant support for amateur radio came from Emergency Management BC, PEP, and many other organizations that are supported by amateur radio.
Bill Gipps, VE7XS, director, BC & YK, Radio Amateurs of Canada credits the BC hams professionalism and dedication to the hobby as a key component in winning this exemption.