Victoria, BC – The Capital Regional District (CRD) has endorsed a model bylaw to accommodate the use of low speed electric vehicles on streets with a posted speed of 50km/h or less.
Currently, neighbourhood zero emission vehicles (NZEV), or electric vehicles, are only permitted on streets with a speed limit of 40km/h or less. At this time, the municipalities of Esquimalt, Colwood and Oak Bay have passed bylaws to allow NZEVs on 50km/h streets.
“The creation of this model bylaw, which municipalities can use as a tool for the accommodation of electric vehicles, is an important step toward sustainability in our region,” said CRD Board Chair Denise Blackwell. “Creating a model bylaw will help encourage the adoption of enabling bylaws throughout the Region, allowing for seamless travel of electric vehicles within the CRD and lowering our overall greenhouse gas emissions.”
NZEVs are a new class of zero-emission, slow-moving electric vehicle capable of 70km/h, but are governed by a Transport Canada speed regulator, which limits their speed to 40km/h for safety reasons. Electric vehicles have an average range of approximately 70 km per charge and can be topped up en route.
“If all Core Area communities moved to allow NZEVs on their 50km/h streets, commuting between municipalities would be much more viable, with only highways and roads with 60km/h speeds off limit to the vehicles,” said Susan Brice, Chair of the CRD Environment Committee. The model bylaw recommends that NZEVs operate in the right hand lane only, except when passing another vehicle.
The CRD endorsed model bylaw will now be forwarded to municipalities and electoral areas to encourage their support and accommodation of electric vehicles.
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For further information please contact:
Andy Orr, Senior Manager
Corporate Communications, CRD