Item - 2021.IE26.12

Tracking Status

IE26.12 - Automated Micro-Utility Devices - Accessibility Feedback

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

City Council Decision

City Council on December 15, 16 and 17, 2021, adopted the following:

 

1. City Council prohibit the use of automated micro-utility devices on sidewalks and cycle tracks, prohibit the parking, storing, or leaving of automated micro-utility devices on highways or sidewalks, and prohibit the stopping of automated micro-utility devices in a cycle track, until the Ontario Ministry of Transportation pilot project is implemented and City Council decides whether to opt-in to the proposed pilot project or forgo participation.

 

2. City Council amend City of Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 886, Footpaths, Pedestrian Ways, Bicycle Paths, Bicycle Lanes and Cycle Tracks, as follows:


 a. to insert in Section 886-1B in alphabetical order a new definition of micro-utility device as follows:

 

"i.  MICRO-UTILITY DEVICE   - Any device that:


1. operates using any kind of power other than solely muscular power;


2. is automated or remotely controlled;


3. transports itself and/or conducts tasks including transporting goods or cargo, but not passengers.";

 

b. to insert a new Section C in Section 886-15 as follows:


"i. despite anything in this chapter to the contrary, no person shall operate or stop a micro-utility device in a cycle track."

 

3. City Council amend City of Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 950, Traffic and Parking, as follows:

 

a. to insert in Section 950-101B in alphabetical order a new definition of micro-utility device as follows:


 "i.  MICRO-UTILITY DEVICE   - Any device that:

 

1. operates using any kind of power other than solely muscular power;


2. is automated or remotely controlled;


3. transports itself and/or conducts tasks including transporting goods or cargo, but not passengers.";

 

b. to insert a new Section 950-203 as follows:

 

"i.  Section 950-203.  Regulation for Micro-Utility Device.


ii. No person shall operate a micro-utility device on a sidewalk.


iii.  No person shall park, store or leave a micro-utility device on a highway or sidewalk."

 

4. City Council establish new offences and establish new associated penalties and amend City of Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 610, Penalties, Administration of, as follows:

 

a. addition to Schedule A, Table 4: Chapter 886, Footpaths, Pedestrian Ways, Bicycle Paths, Bicycle Lanes and Cycle Tracks, which is commensurate with the fine amount for Section 886-15B stopping a vehicle other than a bicycle in a cycle track:

 

Column 1

Designated Part of Chapter

Column 2

Short Form Wording

Column 3

Penalty Amount

Section 886-15C

Stop Micro-utility Device in Cycle Track

$150.00

 

 

b. addition to Schedule A, Table 10: Chapter 950, Traffic and Parking, which is commensurate with the fine amount for Section 950-400B(1) stopping a vehicle on/over a sidewalk/footpath:

 

Column 1

Designated Part of Chapter

Column 2

Short Form Wording

Column 3

Penalty Amount

Section 950-203B

Park – Micro-utility Device on (Highway/Sidewalk)

$150.00

Section 950-203B

Store – Micro-utility Device on (Highway/Sidewalk)

$150.00

Section 950-203B

Leave – Micro-utility Device on (Highway/Sidewalk)

$150.00

 

5. City Council authorize the City Solicitor to introduce the necessary bills to give effect to City Council's decision and City Council authorize the City Solicitor to make any necessary clarifications, refinements, minor modifications, technical amendments, or by-law amendments as may be identified by the City Solicitor or General Manager, Transportation Services, in order to give effect to Parts 1 to 3, inclusive, above and the reasonable operation of the prohibitions against micro-utility devices.

 

6. City Council request the General Manager, Transportation Services, in consultation with the Chief Executive Officer, Exhibition Place, to issue a Transportation Innovation Challenge in the first half of 2022 to research, explore and support local economic development with respect to micro-utility devices.

 

7. City Council request the General Manager, Transportation Services to consult with local entrepreneurs, Business Improvement Areas, micro-utility devices manufacturers and operators, accessibility community members, law enforcement (surveillance, counter-terrorism and security experts) and any other interested stakeholders and members of the public on the potential impacts and benefits arising from the use of micro-utility devices, and report back to the Infrastructure and Environment Committee in the second quarter of 2022. 

 

8.  City Council request the General Manager, Transportation Services to report to the Infrastructure and Environment Committee on the outcomes of the Transportation Innovation Challenge, results from the public consultation, best practices in municipal policy and details of the Ministry of Transportation's pilot project for micro-utility devices at a time that shortly follows its announcement by the Province.

Background Information (Committee)

(November 15, 2021) Letter from the Toronto Accessibility Advisory Committee on Automated Micro-Utility Devices - Accessibility Feedback
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ie/bgrd/backgroundfile-173546.pdf
(November 15, 2021) Presentation from the Manager, Strategic Policy and Innovation, Transportation Services Division on Automated Micro-Utility Devices
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ie/bgrd/backgroundfile-173547.pdf

Communications (Committee)

(December 1, 2021) E-mail from Tim Ellis, Board Member, Mimico Residents Association (IE.Supp)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ie/comm/communicationfile-141691.pdf

Communications (City Council)

(December 3, 2021) E-mail from George Bell (CC.Main)
(December 13, 2021) Letter from Frank Naccarato, President, Quantum Robotic Systems Inc. (CC.Supp)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/cc/comm/communicationfile-142497.pdf
(December 13, 2021) E-mail from Tina Keshav (CC.Supp)
(December 13, 2021) E-mail from Bob Vaez, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, EventMobi (CC.Supp)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/cc/comm/communicationfile-142499.pdf
(December 13, 2021) E-mail from Julia Chelaru (CC.Supp)
(December 13, 2021) E-mail from Abid Ladhani (CC.Supp)
(December 12, 2021) E-mail from Alexander Cui (CC.Supp)
(December 13, 2021) E-mail from Jesse Lau (CC.Supp)
(December 13, 2021) E-mail from David Albert (CC.Supp)
(December 12, 2021) E-mail from Ryan Ehrlich (CC.Supp)
(December 12, 2021) E-mail from Alexander Norman (CC.Supp)
(December 13, 2021) E-mail from Lucia Annunziata (CC.Supp)
(December 13, 2021) E-mail from Arda Erturk (CC.Supp)
(December 12, 2021) E-mail from Frank Naccarato, President, Quantum Robotic Systems Inc. (CC.Supp)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/cc/comm/communicationfile-142566.pdf
(December 13, 2021) E-mail from Frank Naccarato (CC.Supp)
(December 13, 2021) Submission from Nikita Drakokhrust, Senior Consultant, Loyalist Public Affairs on behalf of Tiny Mile (CC.Supp)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/cc/comm/communicationfile-142600.pdf
(December 13, 2021) E-mail from Hector Catre (CC.Supp)
(December 13, 2021) Letter from Jan De Silva, President and Chief Executive Officer, Toronto Region Board of Trade (CC.Supp)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/cc/comm/communicationfile-142573.pdf
(December 13, 2021) Letter from Austin Spademan, ABC Resident Association Board Member (CC.Supp)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/cc/comm/communicationfile-142609.pdf
(December 13, 2021) E-mail from Scott Harrington (CC.Supp)
(December 13, 2021) E-mail from Atena Keshavarzian (CC.Supp)
(December 13, 2021) E-mail from Mark Treleaven (CC.Supp)
(December 13, 2021) E-mail from Ben Carroll (CC.Supp)
(December 13, 2021) E-mail from Ian Bennett (CC.Supp)
(December 13, 2021) E-mail from Graham Takata (CC.Supp)
(December 13, 2021) E-mail from Yaron Vorona (CC.Supp)
(December 14, 2021) E-mail from Jordy Koski (CC.Supp)
(December 14, 2021) E-mail from Thomas Lillo (CC.Supp)
(December 14, 2021) E-mail from Adam Day (CC.Supp)
(December 14, 2021) E-mail from Chelo Duenas (CC.Supp)
(December 14, 2021) E-mail from Christine Simone, Co-Founder, Caribou (CC.Supp)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/cc/comm/communicationfile-142711.pdf
(December 14, 2021) E-mail from Prem Kalevar (CC.Supp)
(December 14, 2021) E-mail from Sasha Main (CC.Supp)
(December 14, 2021) E-mail from Justin Godard (CC.Supp)
(December 14, 2021) E-mail from Rose Naccarato (CC.Supp)
(December 14, 2021) E-mail from Grace Du (CC.New)
(December 14, 2021) E-mail from Martyna (CC.New)
(December 15, 2021) E-mail from Ron Van Holst (CC.New)
(December 15, 2021) E-mail from Raymond Lee (CC.New)
(December 15, 2021) E-mail from Vishu RK (CC.New)
(December 14, 2021) E-mail from Adam Weinstein (CC.New)
(December 14, 2021) E-mail from Thomas Lillo (CC.New)
(December 14, 2021) E-mail from Kate Crabb (CC.New)
(December 14, 2021) E-mail from Alex Alksne (CC.New)
(December 14, 2021) E-mail from Ian Markauskas (CC.New)
(December 14, 2021) E-mail from Claire Dunn (CC.New)
(December 14, 2021) E-mail from Catharine Doncaster (CC.New)
(December 14, 2021) E-mail from Linas Surplys (CC.New)
(December 14, 2021) E-mail from Luisa San Martin (CC.New)
(December 14, 2021) E-mail from Solina Bradshaw (CC.New)
(December 15, 2021) E-mail from Fred Wu (CC.New)
(December 14, 2021) E-mail from Ali Noormahamud (CC.New)
(December 14, 2021) E-mail from Dmitry Shevelenko, Co-Founder, Tortoise (CC.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/cc/comm/communicationfile-142819.pdf
(December 14, 2021) E-mail from Bill Schultz (CC.New)
(December 14, 2021) E-mail from Jake Crow (CC.New)
(December 14, 2021) E-mail from Manit Ginoya (CC.New)
(December 15, 2021) E-mail from Chelsey Colbert (CC.New)
(December 10, 2021) Letter from Leonard Baker, President and Chief Executive Officer, March of Dimes Canada (CC.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/cc/comm/communicationfile-142828.pdf
(December 15, 2021) E-mail from Suleman (CC.New)
(December 15, 2021) Letter from Professor Alex Mihailidis, Scientific Director, AGE-WELL NCE Inc. and Hallie Siegel, Assoc. Director, Strategy, University of Toronto Robotics Institute (CC.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/cc/comm/communicationfile-142833.pdf
(December 15, 2021) E-mail from Oshoma Momoh (CC.New)
(December 15, 2021) E-mail from Terry Ng (CC.New)
(December 15, 2021) E-mail from Adam Weinstein (CC.New)
(December 16, 2021) Petition from Ignacio Tartavull, Chief Executive Officer, Tiny Mile (CC.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/cc/comm/communicationfile-142887.pdf
(December 16, 2021) E-mail from Frank Naccarato, President, Quantum Robotic Systems Inc. (CC.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/cc/comm/communicationfile-142889.pdf
(December 16, 2021) Letter from Brandon Orr, The Municipal Infrastructure Group (CC.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/cc/comm/communicationfile-142890.pdf
(December 16, 2021) E-mail from Felipe Torres Vanin (CC.New)
(December 16, 2021) E-mail from Taylor Duwyn (CC.New)
(December 16, 2021) E-mail from Leanne Burkholder (CC.New)
(December 16, 2021) E-mail from Sara Urbanowicz (CC.New)
(December 16, 2021) E-mail from Raymond Lee (CC.New)
(December 16, 2021) E-mail from Ricardo Antonio Rambal Fattori (CC.New)
(December 16, 2021) E-mail from Maria Tassou (CC.New)
(December 16, 2021) E-mail from Kelly Faria (CC.New)
(December 16, 2021) E-mail from Motaz Al-Ashhab (CC.New)
(December 16, 2021) E-mail from Hamza Khan (CC.New)
(December 16, 2021) E-mail from Micha Laforest (CC.New)
(December 16, 2021) E-mail from Cody Deas (CC.New)
(December 16, 2021) E-mail from Steve (CC.New)
(December 16, 2021) E-mail from Roozbeh Roostaei (CC.New)
(December 17, 2021) E-mail from Eyad Abdalla (CC.New)
(December 17, 2021) E-mail from Sepandar Sepehr (CC.New)
(December 17, 2021) E-mail from Yasear Saad (CC.New)
(December 17, 2021) E-mail from Ali Jahani (CC.New)
(December 17, 2021) E-mail from Liam Smolenaars (CC.New)
(December 17, 2021) E-mail from George Kralidis (CC.New)

Motions (City Council)

1a - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Jennifer McKelvie (Carried)

That:

 

1. City Council request the General Manager, Transportation Services, in consultation with the Chief Executive Officer, Exhibition Place, to issue a Transportation Innovation Challenge in the first half of 2022 to research, explore and support local economic development with respect to micro-utility devices.

 

2. City Council request the General Manager, Transportation Services to consult with local entrepreneurs, Business Improvement Areas, micro-utility devices manufacturers and operators, accessibility community members, law enforcement (surveillance, counter-terrorism and security experts) and any other interested stakeholders and members of the public on the potential impacts and benefits arising from the use of micro-utility devices, and report back to the Infrastructure and Environment Committee in the second quarter of 2022. 

 

3.  City Council request the General Manager, Transportation Services to report to the Infrastructure and Environment Committee on the outcomes of the Transportation Innovation Challenge, results from the public consultation, best practices in municipal policy and details of the Ministry of Transportation's pilot project for micro-utility devices at a time that shortly follows its announcement by the Province.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Dec-17-2021 11:10 AM

Result: Carried Majority Required - IE26.12 - McKelvie - motion 1a
Total members that voted Yes: 25 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Ana Bail„o, Brad Bradford, Shelley Carroll, Mike Colle, Gary Crawford, Joe Cressy, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Michael Ford, Mark Grimes, Stephen Holyday, Cynthia Lai, Mike Layton, Nick Mantas, Josh Matlow, Jennifer McKelvie, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), James Pasternak, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, Michael Thompson, John Tory, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 1 Members that voted No are Gord Perks
Total members that were Absent: 0 Members that were absent are

1b - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Jennifer McKelvie (Carried)

That City Council amend Infrastructure and Environment Committee Recommendation 1 by adding the words "until the Ontario Ministry of Transportation pilot project is implemented and City Council decides whether to opt-in to the proposed pilot project or forgo participation." so that the Recommendation now reads:

 

1. City Council prohibit the use of automated micro-utility devices on sidewalks and cycle tracks, prohibit the parking, storing, or leaving of automated micro-utility devices on highways or sidewalks, and prohibit the stopping of automated micro-utility devices in a cycle track, until the Ontario Ministry of Transportation pilot project is implemented and City Council decides whether to opt-in to the proposed pilot project or forgo participation.

Vote (Amend Item) Dec-17-2021 11:07 AM

Result: Carried Majority Required - IE26.12 - McKelvie - motion 1b
Total members that voted Yes: 25 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Ana Bail„o, Brad Bradford, Shelley Carroll, Mike Colle, Gary Crawford, Joe Cressy, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Michael Ford, Mark Grimes, Stephen Holyday, Cynthia Lai, Mike Layton, Nick Mantas, Josh Matlow, Jennifer McKelvie, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), James Pasternak, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, Michael Thompson, John Tory, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 1 Members that voted No are Gord Perks
Total members that were Absent: 0 Members that were absent are

Motion to Adopt Item as Amended (Carried)

Point of Order by Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam

Councillor Wong-Tam, on a Point of Order, stated that she did not see the friendly amendment incorporated in her motion.

Ruling by Speaker Frances Nunziata
Speaker Nunziata accepted the Point of Order and ruled that the friendly amendment had been incorporated into the motion.

12a - Automated Micro-Utility Device Oversight and Regulations

Background Information (Committee)
(November 15, 2021) Letter from Councillor Kristyn-Wong-Tam, Chair, Toronto Accessibility Advisory Committee on Automated Micro-Utility Device Oversight and Regulations
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ie/bgrd/backgroundfile-173441.pdf

IE26.12 - Automated Micro-Utility Devices - Accessibility Feedback

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

Committee Recommendations

The Infrastructure and Environment Committee recommends that:

 

1. City Council prohibit the use of automated micro-utility devices on sidewalks and cycle tracks, prohibit the parking, storing, or leaving of automated micro-utility devices on highways or sidewalks, and prohibit the stopping of automated micro-utility devices in a cycle track.

 

2. City Council amend City of Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 886, Footpaths, Pedestrian Ways, Bicycle Paths, Bicycle Lanes and Cycle Tracks, as follows:


 a. to insert in Section 886-1B in alphabetical order a new definition of micro-utility device as follows:

 

"i.  MICRO-UTILITY DEVICE   - Any device that:


1. operates using any kind of power other than solely muscular power;


2. is automated or remotely controlled;


3. transports itself and/or conducts tasks including transporting goods or cargo, but not passengers.";

 

b. to insert a new Section C in Section 886-15 as follows:


"i. despite anything in this chapter to the contrary, no person shall operate or stop a micro-utility device in a cycle track."

 

2. City Council amend City of Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 950, Traffic and Parking, as follows:

 

a. to insert in Section 950-101B in alphabetical order a new definition of micro-utility device as follows:


 "i.  MICRO-UTILITY DEVICE   - Any device that:

 

1. operates using any kind of power other than solely muscular power;


2. is automated or remotely controlled;


3. transports itself and/or conducts tasks including transporting goods or cargo, but not passengers.";

 

b. to insert a new Section 950-203 as follows:

 

"i.  Section 950-203.  Regulation for Micro-Utility Device.


ii. No person shall operate a micro-utility device on a sidewalk.


iii.  No person shall park, store or leave a micro-utility device on a highway or sidewalk."

 

4. City Council establish new offences and establish new associated penalties and amend City of Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 610, Penalties, Administration of, as follows:

 

a. addition to Schedule A, Table 4: Chapter 886, Footpaths, Pedestrian Ways, Bicycle Paths, Bicycle Lanes and Cycle Tracks, which is commensurate with the fine amount for Section 886-15B stopping a vehicle other than a bicycle in a cycle track:

 

Column 1

Designated Part of Chapter

Column 2

Short Form Wording

Column 3

Penalty Amount

Section 886-15C

Stop Micro-utility Device in Cycle Track

$150.00

 

 

b. addition to Schedule A, Table 10: Chapter 950, Traffic and Parking, which is commensurate with the fine amount for Section 950-400B(1) stopping a vehicle on/over a sidewalk/footpath:

 

Column 1

Designated Part of Chapter

Column 2

Short Form Wording

Column 3

Penalty Amount

Section 950-203B

Park – Micro-utility Device on (Highway/Sidewalk)

$150.00

Section 950-203B

Store – Micro-utility Device on (Highway/Sidewalk)

$150.00

Section 950-203B

Leave – Micro-utility Device on (Highway/Sidewalk)

$150.00

 

5. City Council authorize the City Solicitor to introduce the necessary bills to give effect to City Council's decision and City Council authorize the City Solicitor to make any necessary clarifications, refinements, minor modifications, technical amendments, or by-law amendments as may be identified by the City Solicitor or General Manager, Transportation Services, in order to give effect to Parts 1 to 3, inclusive, above and the reasonable operation of the prohibitions against micro-utility devices.

Origin

(November 15, 2021) Letter from the Toronto Accessibility Advisory Committee

Summary

An introduction to automated micro-utility devices will be presented by Ryan Lanyon, Manager, Strategic Policy and Innovation, Transportation Services, including a proposed provincial pilot project to test such devices off-road on sidewalks, paths or trails.

Background Information

(November 15, 2021) Letter from the Toronto Accessibility Advisory Committee on Automated Micro-Utility Devices - Accessibility Feedback
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ie/bgrd/backgroundfile-173546.pdf
(November 15, 2021) Presentation from the Manager, Strategic Policy and Innovation, Transportation Services Division on Automated Micro-Utility Devices
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ie/bgrd/backgroundfile-173547.pdf

Communications

(December 1, 2021) E-mail from Tim Ellis, Board Member, Mimico Residents Association (IE.Supp)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ie/comm/communicationfile-141691.pdf

Speakers

Shane O'Herlihy

Motions

Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Jennifer McKelvie (Carried)

That:

 

1. City Council amend City of Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 886, Footpaths, Pedestrian Ways, Bicycle Paths, Bicycle Lanes and Cycle Tracks, as follows:


 a. to insert in Section 886-1B in alphabetical order a new definition of micro-utility device as follows:

 

"i.  MICRO-UTILITY DEVICE   - Any device that:


1. operates using any kind of power other than solely muscular power;


2. is automated or remotely controlled;


3. transports itself and/or conducts tasks including transporting goods or cargo, but not passengers.";

 

b. to insert a new Section C in Section 886-15 as follows:


"i. despite anything in this chapter to the contrary, no person shall operate or stop a micro-utility device in a cycle track."

 

2. City Council amend City of Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 950, Traffic and Parking, as follows:

 

a. to insert in Section 950-101B in alphabetical order a new definition of micro-utility device as follows:


 "i.  MICRO-UTILITY DEVICE   - Any device that:

 

1. operates using any kind of power other than solely muscular power;


2. is automated or remotely controlled;


3. transports itself and/or conducts tasks including transporting goods or cargo, but not passengers.";

 

b. to insert a new Section 950-203 as follows:

 

"i.  Section 950-203.  Regulation for Micro-Utility Device.


ii. No person shall operate a micro-utility device on a sidewalk.


iii.  No person shall park, store or leave a micro-utility device on a highway or sidewalk."

 

3. City Council establish new offences and establish new associated penalties and amend City of Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 610, Penalties, Administration of, as follows:

 

a. addition to Schedule A, Table 4: Chapter 886, Footpaths, Pedestrian Ways, Bicycle Paths, Bicycle Lanes and Cycle Tracks, which is commensurate with the fine amount for Section 886-15B stopping a vehicle other than a bicycle in a cycle track:

 

Column 1

Designated Part of Chapter

Column 2

Short Form Wording

Column 3

Penalty Amount

§ 886-15C

Stop Micro-utility Device in Cycle Track

$150.00

 

b. Addition to Schedule A, Table 10: Chapter 950, Traffic and Parking, which is commensurate with the fine amount for § 950-400B(1) stopping a vehicle on/over a sidewalk/footpath:

 

Column 1

Designated Part of Chapter

Column 2

Short Form Wording

Column 3

Penalty Amount

§ 950-203B

Park – Micro-utility Device on (Highway/Sidewalk)

$150.00

§ 950-203B

Store – Micro-utility Device on (Highway/Sidewalk)

$150.00

§ 950-203B

Leave – Micro-utility Device on (Highway/Sidewalk)

$150.00

 

4. City Council authorize the City Solicitor to introduce the necessary bills to give effect to City Council's decision and City Council authorize the City Solicitor to make any necessary clarifications, refinements, minor modifications, technical amendments, or by-law amendments as may be identified by the City Solicitor or General Manager, Transportation Services, in order to give effect to Parts 1 to 3, inclusive, above and the reasonable operation of the prohibitions against micro-utility devices.


Motion to Adopt Item as Amended moved by Councillor Jennifer McKelvie (Carried)

12a - Automated Micro-Utility Device Oversight and Regulations

Origin
(November 15, 2021) Letter from Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam, Chair, Toronto Accessibility Advisory Committee
Summary

On September 29, 2021, the Ministry of Transportation posted a proposal on automated micro-utility devices soliciting feedback by November 15, 2021, on a regulatory framework for a provincial pilot project under the Highway Traffic Act. This pilot would allow remote-controlled micro-utility devices, including automated personal delivery devices, for use primarily off-road in places such as sidewalks in Ontario municipalities. This proposal broadly covers devices that will not be defined as a motor vehicle in Ontario, are task-oriented, and operated to primarily provide services such as the delivery of goods and not passengers, and for operation primarily off-road on sidewalks. In addition, Ministry of Transportation has proposed the following for the device/vehicle:

 

- No height limit, a 125 kilogram maximum weight, and a 74 centimetre maximum width for all micro-utility devices, except automated snow plows which have no proposed weight and dimension restrictions;


- A 10 kilometre per hour maximum speed on sidewalks and a 20 kilometre per hour maximum speed on shoulders of roads or bike lanes;


- A municipal opt-in and collision reporting regime, with authority to set by-laws and limit operations;


- Mandatory operator oversight, capable of creating a safe stop;


- Mandatory audible signals to alert those nearby;


- A requirement for reflectors and lights, with lights to be lit if operated between sunset and sunrise;


- A requirement for micro-utility devices to be equipped with brakes;


- Prohibiting the carrying of controlled substances and dangerous goods that require a federal placard;


- General liability insurance, good working order, and secured loads requirements;
- A requirement to yield to pedestrians (no details on how);


- requirement for an operator name, contact, and unique device number to be displayed on the exterior of the micro-utility devices.

 

Transportation staff are reviewing this issue and have submitted comments to the Province after receiving feedback from the Toronto Accessibility Advisory Committee at its meeting on November 15, 2021. Members of Toronto Accessibility Advisory Committee , as well as deputants, shared their lived experiences and pressed that it is our responsibility as a municipality under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act that we work to remove barriers faced by people living with disabilities. This pilot would be yet another dangerous hazard in the public realm for anyone with low mobility, low vision, or using a mobility device as well as children and senior residents.  Toronto Accessibility Advisory Committee unanimously adopted a motion recommending that City Council prohibit the use of, and parking, storing or leaving of micro-utility devices on sidewalks and cycle tracks. Such devices are already prohibited on footpaths, pedestrian ways, and bike lanes, and similar clarity is required for sidewalks and cycle tracks.

 

It is critical that the City of Toronto develop the necessary policies and clarity to ensure the prohibition and enforcement of automated micro-utility devices, reinforcing the City’s commitment to accessibility and Vision Zero Road Safety.

Background Information
(November 15, 2021) Letter from Councillor Kristyn-Wong-Tam, Chair, Toronto Accessibility Advisory Committee on Automated Micro-Utility Device Oversight and Regulations
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ie/bgrd/backgroundfile-173441.pdf
Source: Toronto City Clerk at www.toronto.ca/council