Item - 2017.PW25.13
- This item was considered by Public Works and Infrastructure Committee on November 29, 2017. The Public Works and Infrastructure Committee has referred this item to an official or other body without making a decision. Consult the text of the decision for further information on the referral.
PW25.13 - Motion to Reduce the Number of “Doorings” in Toronto
- Decision Type:
The Public Works and Infrastructure Committee:
1. Referred the item to the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards for a report back as part of the update on all outstanding directives regarding Toronto's Ground Transportation Industry.
City Council on October 2, 3 and 4, 2017 referred Item HL21.14 from the Board of Health to the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee for consideration.
The Board of Health recommends that:
1. City Council write to the Premier, the Ontario Minister of the Attorney General, and the
Ontario Minister of Transportation requesting:
a. The Motor Vehicle Accident Report be changed to have dooring collisions added to the
formal collision reporting process.
b. The Highway Traffic Act be changed to that drivers are at least partially responsible
when passengers "door" a cyclist.
c. That driver education programs, the Driver’s Handbook, and the G1 Knowledge Test
teach all new drivers in Ontario about the “Dutch Reach” to reduce dooring incidents in
Ontario (instead of using your door side arm, with the “Dutch Reach” drivers and
passengers reach over with their other arm to open car doors. This forces them to swivel
their bodies and do a shoulder check and helps to reduce accidents, dooring cyclists, and
personal injury to occupants when exiting motor vehicles).
2. City Council request the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards Division,
to report to the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee on:
a. The introduction of new training requirements for vehicle-for-hire operators to reduce
b. The requirement that rear view mirrors be installed on all passenger doors on vehiclefor-
(November 27, 2017) E-mail from Jason Timermanis (PW.New.PW25.13.2)
(November 28, 2017) E-mail from April Boultbee (PW.New.PW25.13.3)
(November 29, 2017) E-mail from Pamela Yuen-Elkerbout (PW.New.PW25.13.4)
(November 28, 2017) E-mail from Sara Cowan (PW.New.PW25.13.5)
(November 28, 2017) E-mail from Hamish Wilson (PW.New.PW25.13.6)
(November 28, 2017) E-mail from Hash Khadim (PW.New.PW25.13.7)
(November 28, 2017) E-mail from Ellen Vera Allen (PW.New.PW25.13.8)
(November 28, 2017) E-mail from Ali Raza Musavi (PW.New.PW25.13.9)
(November 28, 2017) E-mail from Martha Arbuthnot (PW.New.PW25.13.10)
(November 28, 2017) E-mail from Elizabeth Ewanchuk (PW.New.PW25.13.11)
(November 29, 2017) Submission from Chris Glover, Trustee Toronto District School Board (PW.New.PW25.13.12)
(November 29, 2017) E-mail from Mark MacRae (PW.New.PW25.13.13)
Jared Kolb, Executive Director, Cycle Toronto
Chris Glover, Trustee, Toronto District School Board
Kristine Hubbard, Operations Manager, Beck Taxi
That the item be referred to the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards for a report back as part of the update on all outstanding directives regarding Toronto's Ground Transportation Industry.
That City Council request the Toronto Police Services to collect information on each dooring incident that is reported including:
- whether the vehicle was a taxi or a vehicle for hire;
- which door of the car the person was exiting (front/back, passenger/driver side);
- severity of injuries (whether an ambulance was called, whether injuries are minor of life threatening);
- Location of accident; and
- whether charges were laid.