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*NEW LEGISLATION* has passed today in Parliament that any body caught using a  “mobile phone” whilst driving or whilst the engine is running will lose their Driver’s  Licenses on the spot for *3 months.* No excuse will be tolerated or accepted by a Police Officer. As soon as you get into your vehicle turn on the Bluetooth of the car or phone. If you don’t have Bluetooth technology you have to safely pull over switch off your car engine then you may answer your mobile phone. Keep in mind that even though you have pulled over & your engine is running you will still cop the full wrath of by the law. So turn off your car engine if you don’t have Bluetooth, prior to answering your mobile phone.


High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) Lanes
High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes help move more people on Ontario’s busiest highways. They are restricted to certain types of vehicles carrying at least 2 people. Make sure you know and follow the rules for entering and exiting HOV lanes.


Beginning of HOV lane
Ontario has HOV lanes on Highways 403, 404, 417 and the QEW. To find them, look for:
  • HOV signs marking the far left lane.
  • Markers painted on the road, including diamond markers and a striped buffer zone that separates the HOV lane from other lanes.

Using HOV lanes

You can use an HOV lane if you have at least two people (including the driver) in one of these vehicles :
  • cars
  • motorcycles
  • vans or light trucks
  • commercial trucks less than 6.5 meters long with a gross weight of 4,500 kg or less.
If you are towing a trailer, you can still use the HOV lane if the combined vehicle-trailer length is less than 6.5 meters.
The following vehicles have unrestricted access to HOV lanes, no matter how many passengers they are carrying :
  • buses of all types
  • licensed taxis and airport limousines until June 30, 2020
  • emergency vehicles
  • vehicles with Ontario green licence plates
The penalty for improper HOV lane use is a fine of $110 and 3 demerit points.
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OLOA Jan 2017 Survey Results

We thank the 70 members that responded to the survey.  Results are below.

Does the stretch ratio in the GTA affect you?

Yes       35.21%

No        64.79%

Do you support the OLOA working on this initiative?

Yes                   70.21%

No                    6.38%

No opinion       23.40%

Do you find the stretch ratio hard to maintain?

Yes       31.25%

No        31.25%

N/A      37.50%

What percentage of work do you do in the GTA?

None                8.33%

0 – 15%           14.58%

15 – 30%         16.67%

30 – 50%         8.33%

50 – 75%         16.67%

75% +              35.42%

Would you attend an early spring meeting?  The meeting agenda would be for industry specific issues and be just for members – no sponsors.

Yes       83.67%

No        16.33%

Comments provided have been logged and divided as some are opinions and some are constructive and can be looked into.

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OLOA bylaw amendment

OLOA Bylaws- 05-05-10

City of Toronto Municipal Code -Chapter 950
Limousine from on street stopping prohibitions while engaged in loading / unloading passengers.
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