City of Powell River council will be considering a bylaw that will permit the use of low-speed vehicles on city streets that have posted speed limits of up to 50 kilometres an hour.
Last March, a Powell River resident made a presentation to council requesting that the city adopt a bylaw that would permit low-speed vehicles. Council directed staff to prepare a report with recommendations and Tor Birtig, director of infrastructure, presented the report at a recent committee-of-the-whole meeting.
Birtig said the issue is somewhat complex due to the fact that two sections of road within city limits are under the jurisdiction of the ministry of transportation and infrastructure and have speed limits in excess of 50 kilometres of hour. “At this point, we feel that low-speed vehicles will have a large, adverse effect on traffic within the city,” he said.
Councillors directed staff to further investigate a bylaw to permit low-speed vehicles.