07/08/2015 13:17 EDT | Updated 07/08/2016 01:12 EDT

Rob Ford admits misusing HOV lanes, calls them "a pain in the rear end"

TORONTO — Former Toronto mayor Rob Ford admits he has broken the law by driving in special high-occupancy-vehicle lanes set up for the Pan American Games while he is driving alone.

The city councillor says he watches out for the police as he moves in and out of the lanes that are reserved for vehicles with at least three people inside.

Ford calls the HOV lanes "a pain in the rear end," adding he sees a lot of other people doing the same thing.

The temporary lanes will be in operation from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. during the games, which will see thousands of athletes and visitors descend on the city and its surrounding areas.

Under the Highway Traffic Act, if the government has designated a lane for high-occupancy vehicles only, it's an offence for motorists to break those rules.

Ford made his comments to reporters at city hall on Wednesday.

Doctors have told Ford he can work one or two days a week as he recovers from cancer surgery, and gradually increase to a full-time load.

Toronto and the surrounding area are hosting the Pan Am Games from July 10 to 26.

The lanes will be restricted to at least two people per vehicle during the Parapan Am Games from Aug. 7 to 15.


The Canadian Press