OTTAWA—Transport Minister Marc Garneau has proposed new regulations that will require rear-visibility systems on all new vehicles sold in Canada to help drivers see behind their vehicle when they back up.
While rear-view cameras and displays are found on a number of vehicles today, some models don’t include them.
Canadians will have 75 days to provide comments before the changes are finalized.
“I’m not one for tricks, but I do like giving treats, and one of the best ones I can give this Halloween is to make rear-view cameras and displays standard equipment on all new vehicles, including base models,” said minister Garneau. “This helps children be seen and provides Canadians with one of the best safety technology systems to reduce back-over collisions.”
A press release from Transport Canada says that from 2004 to 2009, so called ‘back-over crashes’ were responsible for more than 1,500 injuries and 27 deaths in Canada.
The regulatory changes will apply to Standards 101 and 111 in the Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations.
Transport Canada will align its proposed rear visibility regulations with similar U.S. requirements in order to improve safety, economic growth, trade, and shipping on both sides of the border.