OTTAWA, June 4, 2013 /CNW/ - A proposed regulation from Natural
Resources Canada to make mandatory a paper label system that for years
has been voluntary for car dealers in Canada represents an antiquated
solution to a problem that is largely non-existent in Canada. The
Canadian Automobile Dealers Association (CADA) urges the federal
government to reconsider making paper fuel consumption labels for new
cars and trucks mandatory, as it is currently considering.
"The Harper government has been clearly committed to reducing red tape
for small business. This is clearly a step in the opposite direction
and represents a 1970s solution to a problem that does not exist," said
CADA Chief Economist Michael Hatch. "The reality is that today's
consumer does not rely on paper labels to obtain information regarding
the vehicles they are buying. The vast majority of our customers get
this information online, on their smartphones, or through other
literature widely available at all dealerships in Canada."
There currently is a label system in place for new cars in Canada, but
it is voluntary. Dealers have the option to remove the labels if they
are torn or otherwise damaged in transit or if their placement
represents a safety hazard for test drives. The proposed regulation
would change this, making paper labels mandatory for all new cars on
"CADA has no problem requiring that fuel consumption information be made
available in dealers' stores. All we ask is that we offer dealers a
choice as to how this data is presented," continued Hatch. "Allow them
to provide the information through paper labels affixed to cars,
brochures in the dealerships, or online. Fuel consumption is the most
important technical specification today's consumer is looking for.
Dictating that paper must be the only way in which the information is
shown to the consumer is wrong.
"For a government committed to the reduction of the paper burden on
small business and of red tape at all levels in the Canadian economy,
imposing nearly two million pieces of paper per year on our dealers is
an antiquated solution to a problem that does not exist," said Hatch.
The Canadian Automobile Dealers Association (CADA) is the national
association for franchised automobile dealerships that sell new cars
and trucks. Our 3,300 dealers represent a key sector of Canada's
economy. Through our dealers, we are represented in nearly every
community and those dealers collectively employ over 130,000 people
across the country.
SOURCE: CANADIAN AUTOMOBILE DEALERS ASSOCIATION (CADA)
For further information:
CADA Public Affairs
Telephone : 613-230-2079/1-800-465-3054