Speed Limits: Ontario Government Rejects Raising Speed Limit from 100 km/h to 120/130 km/h


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Ontario Provincial Police Cruiser pulling over vehicle on the highway

Ontario’s Liberal government is flatly rejecting calls to raise the speed limit on the province’s 400-series highways.

The group stop100.ca wants the maximum speed on those highways increased to 120 or even 130 kilometres an hour, saying 100 km/h is one of the lowest speed limits in the world.

However, Transportation Minister Bob Chiarelli says speed is a factor in 20 per cent of fatal car accidents in Ontario, so the province will not be increasing the highway speed limit.

He says the government “is not inclined in any way, shape or form to increase the speed limits on Ontario roads.”

Chiarelli also rejects suggestions that everyone already drives 120 kilometres an hour on highways, and says police are kept busy issuing tickets to drivers caught going that fast.

He says Ontario has the safest roads in North America and intends to keep that record by maintaining the current speed limits.

Ontario used to have a highway speed limit of 70 miles per hour — or about 112 km/h — but it was lowered during the 1970s energy crisis.

Stop100.ca’s demands:

We demand increasing Ontario’s 400-series highway speed limit to 120-130 km/h. Frequently asked questions:
  • Is this campaign about allowing drivers to drive faster?
    NO! The purpose of this initiative is not to increase speeds on our roads. It is merely to legalize our… More…
  • We aren’t ticketed below 120 km/h anyway. This will not change anything.
    Not all officers allow speeds up to 120 km/h… More…
  • Legalizing 120 km/h will cause everyone to drive at 140 km/h.
    Speeds ranging from 120-140 km/h are… More…
  • Our roads are too congested to increase the limit, we can hardly drive 100 km/h today.
    Speed limit is not a minimum permitted speed… More…
  • Higher speed limits are fine in EU and around the world, but not in Ontario with our horrible drivers.
    Ministry of Transportation claims Ontario roads are… More…
  • Why would we drive faster since cars will burn considerably more gas?
    With a 120 km/h speed limit, motorists’ driving… More…
We demand increasing Ontario’s 400-series highway speed limit to 120-130 km/h. The Provincial Government must stop:
  • decades of inaction since 1976 when the speed limit was already 112 km/h (70 mph) with drastically lower vehicle safety standards
  • ignoring significant vehicle safety improvements implemented in the last decades: airbags, improved seat belts, brakes, tires, crumple zones, steering systems and more
  • issuing unfair speeding tickets to vast majority of motorists who demand and wish to drive at globally accepted speeds of 120-140km/h
  • contributing to raising drivers’ insurance premiums by maintaing artificially low and unreasonable legal speed limit on our top-quality highways
  • treating Ontario drivers as dangerous and incompetent by posting one of the lowest speed limits in the world
  • ignoring great design, condition and safety features of our highways and other unique, excellent engineering solutions such as Highway 401 Express lanes or Highway 407
We demand increasing Ontario’s 400-series highway speed limit to 120-130 km/h for the following reasons:
  • In the late 1960s and early 1970s speed limit was 70mph (112 km/h) which was then reduced to 60 mph (98 km/h) in 1976 from political pressure caused by oil embargo of ’73. More…
  • 100 km/h is one of the lowest highway speed limits in the world. Many European countries and US states allow 120-130 km/h with high safety records. More…
  • Many countries and states have recently increased freeway speed limits to 120-130 km/h (United Kingdom, Kansas, Texas, Utah) in recognition of driving advantages. More…
  • Despite much higher practiced speeds of 120-140 km/h, Ontario highways remain one of the safest in North America, according to the Ministry of Transportation. More…
  • Ontario drivers feel criminalized by unreasonably low speed limit, face the risk of ticket fines, demerit point and insurance rate increases on a daily basis. More…
  • Increase in speed limit will not significantly change current driving patterns. Most drivers drive at prudent speeds regardless of speed limit posted. More…


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