Great news: The New Brunswick government tabled new legislation this week that provides an exemption to that province’s distracted driving law for amateur radio operation.
New Brunswick hams fought long and hard to get this exemption and hams in every province should take note and take similar action.
And before the usual Sparkies get their Depends in knot and figure out how to reply to a blog post, the operation of amateur radio equipment in moving vehicles by the driver has a history going back to the beginning of the automobile.
Unless those who comment have something new to say I won’t be posting replies here.
Amateur radio use while driving a vehicle was never part of the problem of distracted driving especially while using a cell phone to text or dial a number, and the possible banning Amateur Radio use isn’t part of the solution.
Ageing Ham Radio operators still driving their vehicles well beyond the time somebody should have lifted their licenses is more of an issue than the use of Amateur Radio mobile equipment. Now the use of mobile radios by octogenarians who drive is just down right frightening.
I know. I’m a senior and I’m not half the driver I used to be. My time is coming 😦 Meanwhile I can feel free to driver and operate while in New Brunswick.
BTW I got this notice via RAC which credited the efforts of local amateurs and, get this: RAC’s national strategy to address distracted driving legislation.
This from a bunch of guys who can’t agree on what toppings to order on a pizza! I kinda have problems believing this claim as I’ve never heard of a “national strategy” from RAC on anything but maybe I’m out of touch?