VICTORIA (October 10, 2019) – After several years of advocating, Kelowna-Lake Country MLA, Norm Letnick, is pleased to see the government acting on an amendment to the Motor Vehicle Act, which would enable pilot projects in B.C. cities for electric vehicles such as e-scooters and Segways to operate on B.C. streets and roadways.
“Cities like Kelowna will now have the opportunity to begin pilot projects for electric vehicles,” says Letnick. “The potential benefits to our environment, increase in active transportation, displacement of some cars, and affordable transportation are strong reasons to move forward with pilot programs in B.C.”
Earlier this year, a pilot project was introduced for an e-scooter ridesharing program in Kelowna, which proved widely popular, seeing over 25,000 uses in only three months.
“Of course, there are serious safety concerns that will need to be addressed,” added Letnick. “But through these pilot projects, cities like Kelowna will be able to identify the risks and create solutions that will allow residents to operate these e-vehicles safely and reduce our community’s greenhouse gas emissions.”