When it comes to getting from point A to point B here in Ontario, we’re driving in the dark ages.
Business has become faster. Globally the world has become faster, but the Ontario government has not kept up the highway transportation network to reflect our changing world. Our slow, outdated provincial highway speed limits are just another example of our provincial government’s inability to allow us to compete globally. If anything, the government has made our transportation system even slower over the past decades by lowering the provincial highway speed limit from 112 kph to 100 kph. Gridlock continues to haunt us more each and every day.
Ontario has the slowest highway speed limits in the entire developed world. Even developing countries such as Pakistan, China, Thailand, India, Cambodia, Iran, South Africa and Sri Lanka all have 120kph highway speed limits. All US continental states have higher highway speed limits than Ontario. All of Europe has higher highway speed limits with many countries running at 130kph-140kph and faster. The unlimited speed German Autobahn ranks in the top five safest highway systems in Europe. Even the Isle of Man (UK) has unlimited speed limits…but Ontario drags itself along in last place when it comes to reasonable speed limits to allow people to get from point A to point B. The speed limits referred to in this article are for cars, light trucks and motorcycles only.
I ask the Minister for the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario: do we want 130 to 140 kph provincial highway speed limits the same as most industrialized nations for cars, light trucks and motorcycles, or do we want 120 kph provincial highway speed limits – the same as many developing countries such as Pakistan?
A high speed, efficient and safe provincial highway system builds a strong industrial cornerstone that all Ontarians can be proud of and count on.