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Highway Traffic Act


Pre-Empting Traffic Control Signal Devices

Consolidation Period: From June 29, 2017 to the e-Laws currency date.

Last amendment: 216/17.

Legislative History: 359/11, 216/17.

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 under the authority of an operating licence issued under the Public Vehicles Act, 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.

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.