OTTAWA, Nov. 20, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of
Transport, today announced important regulations that will enhance the
safety of tires manufactured for the Canadian market. These regulations
will replace the current Motor Vehicle Tire Safety Regulations, 1995 (MVTSR, 1995).
"Safety is paramount when out on the road," said Minister Raitt. "The
safety of Canadian road users will be improved as all tires sold in
Canada must meet the new testing requirements, in addition to proposed
standards for appropriately marked winter tires."
The regulations also introduce aligned requirements for winter tires,
which allow the enforcement of winter tire standards if manufacturers
choose to use the peaked mountain with a snowflake symbol. When
Canadian-market manufacturers choose to apply this symbol, it indicates
to consumers that the tire meets Canadian winter tire regulatory
"These changes will give consumers easier and better access to crucial
information about their tires," said Jeff Walker, vice president of
public affairs for the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA). "CAA
supports regulatory measures that enhance consumer knowledge and
By implementing these regulations, the Government of Canada is
responding to tire and vehicle manufacturers who have encouraged the
government to align Canadian tire safety regulations with those of the
United States. Alignment also supports the principles of the
Canada-U.S. Regulatory Cooperation Council announced by Prime Minister
Harper and President Obama in February 2011.
Manufacturers will have until September 1, 2014 to conform to these new
SOURCE: Transport Canada
For further information:
Senior Communications Advisor
Office of the Honourable Lisa Raitt
Minister of Transport
Transport Canada, Ottawa
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