An email from an Ontario RAC member claiming he’d received a ticket from the OPP for using his amateur radio VHF radio while driving on Highway 407 last Thursday got our immediate attention.
Our RAC member said that officer who issued the ticket was apparently unaware of the three-year time limited exemption that amateur radio operation was granted in Ontario’s distracted driving legislation Bill 118. It was the same story when our member called the unit sergeant. The sergeant asked about the nature of the conversation prompting thoughts that perhaps the sergeant was referring to the fact that a cellphone can be used by a motorist in a moving vehicle when making a 911 call.
An email from RAC to the duty sergeant at the General Headquarters for the Ontario Provincial Police that pointed out the exemption in Bill 118 was forwarded to the highway unit sergeant.
Over the weekend our member received a telephone call from the OPP sergeant and it seems the situation has been resolved to our member’s satisfaction (no ticket).
Folks: This is what you get for your membership dollars when you join RAC. I’m not promising we can intervene so quickly in every situation (or that every situation will be so clearly easy to resolve) but this is a prime reason why you should join or renew your RAC membership today.
And BTW for all mobile amateur radio operators in Ontario it might save some time and confusion if you carry a copy of your license and a copy of Bill 118 in your vehicle just in case you too get stopped.