Government of Canada harmonizes bumper standard

    OTTAWA, June 26 /CNW Telbec/ - A new federal regulation took effect on
June 25, 2008, that improves the design of bumpers on Canadian passenger cars
by harmonizing the Canadian car test speed requirements with those already
established in North American and European markets. By updating the Canadian
bumper standard, the Government of Canada is ensuring that:

    - new internationally consistent pedestrian safety requirements can be
    - design and manufacturing costs can be reduced for Canadian
      manufacturers; and
    - consumers are provided with more choice while maintaining road safety.

    "This amendment will offer more choice to Canadians who wish to import
vehicles, while maintaining the safety of Canadian roads," said the Honourable
Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities. "It
will also improve Canada's international competitiveness by lowering
development and testing costs."
    Although the amended bumper standard will facilitate importation, before
buying a vehicle in the U.S., Canadians should check with the Registrar of
Imported Vehicles (RIV) about the rules and process for importing vehicles
    Harmonization of the bumper standard is consistent with the spirit of the
Canada-U.S. Security and Prosperity Partnership to reduce regulatory
differences and facilitate international trade while maintaining high levels
of safety.
    While the provincial and territorial governments have jurisdiction for
road use and after-market additions to motor vehicles, Transport Canada
develops safety standards and regulations for new vehicles and vehicles
imported for use in Canada.
    The amendment was initially published in the Canada Gazette, Part I, on
March 22, 2008, after which Canadians had 30 days to review and respond to it.
The final amendment was published on June 25, 2008, in the Canada Gazette,
Part II.

For further information:

For further information: Karine White, Press Secretary, Office of the
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, Ottawa, (613) 991-0700;
Media Relations, Transport Canada, Ottawa, (613) 993-0055; Transport Canada is
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