The Globe and Mail continues its look at the viability of motorcycles as commuter vehicles with a piece asking if two-wheelers belong in Ontario’s HOV lanes.
Ontario’s HOV (High Occupancy Vehicle) lanes are intended to reduce gridlock. For now, buses, licensed taxis, airport limos, emergency vehicles and vehicles with Ontario green licence plates have unrestricted access to HOV lanes.
Vans, light trucks, cars and commercial trucks less than 6.5 meters long with a gross weight of 4,500 kg or less can use HOV lanes, as long as they have two or more passengers. Motorcycles can also use HOV lanes, under the same condition. And there’s the problem: although motorcycles reduce gridlock, most North American riders aren’t carrying pillions, unlike other countries where motorcycles are a more integral part of daily transportation.
So, the Globe is asking if that might change? According to a spokesman from Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation, there is a review of the HOV motorcycle policy underway. For now, Ontario doesn’t want to include single-passenger motorcycles in HOV lanes, as it does not remove any vehicles from highways, but that may change in the future. Read more about the issue at the Globe’s website here.