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Month: October 2016

U.S. Environment Protection Agency finalizes new standards for medium and heavy-duty engines/vehicles

The EPA and Department of Transportation (DOT)’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration finalized new standards for medium and heavy-duty vehicles. These standards are designed to improve fuel efficiency and decrease pollution in an effort to protect the environment. The final standards should lower CO2 commissions by 1.1 billion metric tons.

Fuel costs savings are expected to be $170 billion.

The program will promote cleaner and more efficient trucks with cost-effective technologies. The program, 4 years in the making, will benefit model years 2018 to 2027 for trailers and model years 2021 to 2027 for semi-trucks, pickup trucks, vans and more work trucks.

Courtesy of: https://www3.epa.gov/otaq/climate/regs-heavy-duty.htm

Date: August 30, 2016

Province investing 2.1B into highway expansion and repairs

In 2017, the Ontario government will invest over $2.1B into repairing and expanding provincial highways and bridges.

A large majority of the budget will be allocated to Southern Ontario. As such, over 16,000 direct and indirect jobs will be created as a result of the projects, which are expected to last until completion in 2020.

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The timing of the projects is subject to change based on weather, funding and planning. Please visit http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/highway-bridges/pdfs/southern-highways-program-2016-2020.pdf for a substantial list of highway repairs and expansions, as well as when they’re slated to be under construction.

Date: 2016

Watch for new pedestrian crossings in effect

Road changes are not only necessary in ensuring drivers are commuting on safe roads, but that roads are safe for pedestrians as well.

Last year, Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation introduced new laws and rules for drivers in an attempt to keep those on and off the road safe.

Harsher fines for drivers texting and driving were put into effect, as well as a new act to keep pedestrians safer.

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All drivers must stop and yield the whole roadway at pedestrian crossovers, including school crossings with a crossing guard. Drivers are no longer allowed to proceed into the intersection once the pathway is clear. Rather, they must wait until pedestrians have reached the sidewalk at the end of the road before proceeding into the intersection.

Failure to wait until the crossroad is clear could result in a fine of $150 to $500 and three demerit points. It’s six demerit points in a Community Safety Zone, often found near schools and other public areas.

Pedestrians must also be mindful of their surroundings when on the road. Pedestrians should make eye contact with drivers and acknowledge they’ve been seen before moving forward.

For more information on the new driving laws (and displays), please visit: https://www.reddit.com/r/canada/comments/3zpxmp/ontario_as_of_january_1_2016_new_mto_rules/

January 6, 2016