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Discussion in 'Canada' started by bmwroadsterca, Apr 29, 2019.
Congrats! We have it here in BC and I use it every chance I can. I figure it's like government budgets - if we don't take advantage of it, they will roll it back. :)
I live in Burlington and this is most welcome and possibly will be an improvement in safety . I am quite happy to see this most welcome change.
OMG I wasn't aware that it isn't the case. Every time we went through Ontario I assumed it was allowed like everywhere else.
I grew up in B.C., I've always used the HOV lanes in Ontario on a bike.
I have a buddy that was ticketed for riding solo in the HOV lane. I told him to invest in one of those blow-up dolls.
Every time I go down the DVP in Toronto, which admittedly isn't often these days, I see bikes skipping ahead of traffic in the HOV lanes. Although I knew it was not "legal" I was always like" You go brother!" LOL.
only time there were HOV lanes on the DVP was during the PanAm games and motorcycles were allowed on it (as they are on most HOV lanes within the city of Toronto).
There are HOV lanes on the 404 where motorcycles are not allowed.
Hmm... well what is that empty inside lane on the DVP then?? TTC??
That empty lane on the DVP is for GO buses and emergency vehicles only. Also the occasional jerk driver who thinks they are more important than everyone else!
Got stopped, on the bike, for being in the HOV lane on the 403, a few years ago when I rode up home.... in my defense, I explained to the OPP officer that I'd never experienced an HOV lane where motorcycles weren't allowed, as it is the safest place to be on the road for a motorcycle. I was polite, and she was in agreement, thanked me for thinking/riding safely, explained that 'unfortunately' there weren't a lot of brains in the house of the rule makers, and let me off with a written warning. Probably the perfect example of how a traffic stop should go. Depending on the time of day and volume of traffic at the time, I would probably risk the ticket again, over the nuts driving between the 401 and QEW on the 403 ! We'll find out this summer if Hobbes counts as a passenger....lol
The more bikes we can get out of bumper to bumper traffic, the fewer bikers they'll have to scrape out of the grills of stunned twats on their cell phones.
Motorcycles with only the single rider are now allowed on all provincial HOV / HOT lanes.
High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) Lanes
Congrats! That's been a while in coming.
I have not seen any changes to the HOV signs on QEW. I still see single riders not using HOV. Does any one know what the OPP is doing about this . I can not risk a ticket right now. It would be a big help as I live in Burlington.
Thanks for any help.
As per the MTO website it is legal. You could print the page and have it with you when riding.
Thanks I did see it posted and will try that. I am really trying to avoid tickets as I have a commercial licence so my experience has taught me a clean record may get a warning but anything already on your record seems like there is no good will. I am polite and respectful and understand how important it is to pass the all important attitude test at the roadside.
I have seen the updated signs, that include the motorcycle symbol, on the 427 (2 weeks ago) and QEW (this week) already.
Same on the 404...the exemption signs like these now also have a motorcycle on them:
I saw the signs today on QEW HOV lanes in Burlington today. A very welcome change.