NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association request the Government of Alberta to form a multi stakeholder committee including federal and municipal representatives to review the use of low speed, environmentally friendly or alternative vehicles in Alberta and make recommendations on how safety and public security can be balanced with the need for a new, progressive regulatory framework to allow these vehicles on Alberta’s roads.
WHEREAS Alberta municipalities are searching out the most cost effective and energy efficient ways to do business;
WHEREAS citizens are demanding a higher level of environmental accountability;
WHEREAS changes in vehicle technology have produced new, innovative and energy efficient vehicles which have been tried and tested in other jurisdictions in Canada;
WHEREAS Alberta traffic safety regulations prohibit the use of some of these newer vehicles in Alberta’s municipalities; and
WHEREAS regulations and legislation need to accommodate advances in technology and society.
May 10, 2010 - Transportation
Pilot projects are currently taking place for low-speed vehicles in certain areas of the province. The ministry will continue to support legislation that enforces the safety of vehicles through meeting existing regulations, as well as collaborating with federal and municipal contacts to ensure that public security is maintained. In addition, grants are available to assist municipalities with developing their own transportation systems and projects which are highest priority to them.
AUMA accepts this response.