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Highway Traffic Act


Pre-Empting Traffic Control Signal Devices

Consolidation Period:  From July 1, 2021 to the e-Laws currency date.

Last amendment: 436/21.

Legislative History: 359/11, 216/17, 436/21.

This is the English version of a bilingual regulation.


1. In this Regulation,

“emergency vehicle” means an ambulance, a fire department vehicle or a police department vehicle; (“véhicule de secours”)

“public transit vehicle” means,

(a)  a vehicle operated by or on behalf of a municipality, or

(b)  a bus operated by the Greater Toronto Transit Authority, also known as GO Transit; (“véhicule de transport en commun”)

“traffic signal maintenance vehicle” means a vehicle that is used by or on behalf of a road authority to maintain traffic control signal systems. (“véhicule d’entretien de la signalisation de la circulation”) O. Reg. 34/06, s. 1; O. Reg. 359/11, s. 1; O. Reg. 436/21, s. 1.

Exemptions from prohibition

2. The following vehicles are exempt from the prohibition in subsection 79.1 (1) of the Act against pre-empting traffic control signal devices:

1.  Public transit vehicles.

2.  Emergency vehicles.

3.  Traffic signal maintenance vehicles, so long as the pre-empting traffic control signal device is being used only to test traffic control signal systems or to test the pre-empting traffic control signal device.  O. Reg. 359/11, s. 2.

3. Omitted (provides for coming into force of provisions of this Regulation).  O. Reg. 34/06, s. 3.