Tue. Sep 26th, 2023
    Real Estate Company Bans Electric Vehicles on Toronto Properties

    A real estate company in Toronto’s Parkdale neighborhood has recently banned the use of electric vehicles on their properties. Oberon Development Corporation posted notices at two of their locations, stating that electric transportation vehicles, including e-bikes, scooters, skateboards, and more, are not allowed anywhere on the premises.

    The ban is in response to the fire hazard posed by lithium batteries, according to the notice. Lithium-ion batteries are commonly found in electric vehicles, as well as in consumer electronics like smartphones and cordless drills. While they are generally safe to use, they can become hazardous if damaged or exposed to certain conditions. Third-party batteries, in particular, are more likely to be substandard or poorly manufactured, increasing the risk of a fire.

    Toronto Fire Services has responded to 10 fires related to lithium-ion batteries in residential high-rises this year, which has prompted concern from condo corporations. However, renters and individuals with health or mobility issues who rely on electric vehicles may have grounds to challenge the ban. Under the Residential Tenancies Act, renters could argue that the ban infringes on their right to the “reasonable enjoyment” of their premises, while individuals with disabilities could argue that it infringes on their human rights.

    Transport Canada provides safety tips for minimizing risks associated with lithium-ion batteries, including avoiding the use of damaged batteries, not exposing them to extreme temperatures or direct sunlight, and only using original or certified chargers.

    The City of Toronto currently has a ban on e-scooters, but there are ongoing discussions to reevaluate this position. Despite the ban, electric vehicles continue to be widely used in the city.

    Source: National Post