Bylaw will allow electric vehicles

Small electric vehicles will soon be allowed on the roads in Summerland.

Small electric vehicles will soon be allowed on the roads in Summerland.

On May 27, council gave first three readings to a bylaw allowing the low-speed vehicles on municipal roads.

The bylaw allows the vehicles on any road in the municipality with a speed limit of no more than 50 kilometres an hour.

All municipal roads have a speed limit of 50 kilometres an hour unless otherwise posted.

The sole exception in Summerland is Highway 97.

The concept of electric vehicles has been considered for many years.

“This has been going around the table since the early 2000s,” Coun. Bruce Hallquist said at the meeting. “It’s time to get on with it.”

Hallquist has long advocated allowing the small vehicles.

In the municipality’s Master Transportation Plan from 2007, electric vehicles are mentioned.

“Electric carts present an opportunity to expand the breadth of transportation options available to Summerland residents while creating a sustainable alternative to automobile travel,” the plan says.

“Electric carts provide triple bottom-line benefits to both the user and the District. Carts address sustainability objectives by producing zero emissions, while improving transportation equity by providing an affordable option for lower income residents and increasing mobility for seniors.”

Coun. Martin Van Alphen said the vehicles are designed for in-town use and can be insured for use on the roads.

“I think they’re a wonderful addition to our community,” he said.

Mayor Janice Perrino said the smaller vehicles could be used for in-town municipal work in the future, although at present the municipality has not made decisions to replace any of its existing fleet with smaller electric vehicles.

This bylaw represents the second green transportation initiative this year. Earlier, the municipality set up three charging stations downtown for electric vehicles.

Municipal planner and climate action coordinator Julie McGuire said there has been interest in electric vehicles.

A request had earlier been made for a bylaw allowing small electric vehicles. McGuire said this request was from someone interested in purchasing and operating such a vehicle.

The final reading of the bylaw is expected at the next municipal council meeting on June 10.

 

Just Posted

UPDATE: Tsunami warning cancelled for coastal British Columbia

Warning issued following 7.9 earthquake off Kodiak, AK

Young PIB man skips jail time for grad party assault

Aaron Jack-Kroeger was sentenced to a 15-month conditional sentence in Penticton’s courthouse

Vernon Search & Rescue find lost snowmobiler

Male, 19, went missing in Hunter’s Range area near Enderby

New development in missing plane near Revelstoke

The family of Ashley Bourgeault believe they have found a new clue

Honesty turns to harsher jail sentence for Penticton man

Jakob Holmes kicked a cop in the face while she was on the ground after she attempted to arrest him

Testing the Google Arts & Culture app

Going face to face with art

‘The tsunami alarm failed my household’: North Coast residents concerned over sirens, alerts

People living in northern communities share how they learned about Tuesday’s tsunami warning

Flying squirrel touches down inside Salmon Arm home

Rodent jumps around residence before homeowers encourage it back outdoors

Snowboarder dies at Vancouver Island ski resort

Death at Mount Washington Alpine Resort

Man faces 48 charges in string of random Toronto shootings

The string of unprovoked shootings began Jan.9, say police

Slayer adds Penticton to North American tour

Slayer adds the South Okanagan Events Centre as a stop on their last tour

‘Shape of Water’ producer, Christopher Plummer among Canadian Oscar nominees

Guillermo del Toro film about merman romance earns 13 nominations

Vancouver Canucks confirm participation in NHL Young Stars

Canucks confirmed participation, at least for this year, in the NHL Young Stars event in Penticton

Canada, TPP agrees to revised deal without the United States

Canada and the remaining members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership have agreed to a revised trade agreement

Most Read