Association Calls for Closing of Regulatory Loophole
OTTAWA, Oct. 20 /CNW/ - Today, the Canadian Automobile Dealers
Association (CADA), which represents over 3,300 dealers nationwide, is
calling on the federal government to close a regulatory loophole that
allows thousands of dirty and unsafe right hand drive (RHD) vehicles
into Canada every year.
"Recent years have seen a dramatic increase in the number of right hand
drive vehicles in Canada," said Richard Gauthier, President and CEO of
CADA. "These cars are imported under a regulatory loophole that allows
vehicles older than 15 years of age to enter the country without
complying with the Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety standards or national
The 15-year exclusion rule for the imposition of Canada's safety and
environmental standards on imported cars was introduced at a time when
15-year-old vehicles were very rare, to continue to allow antiques to
be imported into Canada. It is under this loophole that all RHD
vehicles currently enter Canada.
"A 15-year-old car is no longer an antique," continued Mr. Gauthier.
"The vast majority of vehicles on the road today reach their 15th birthday and beyond. What's more, RHD vehicles are as much as 40 per
cent more likely to be involved in an accident than traditional left
hand drive cars. They are often used for street racing and other
reckless acts. One was involved in a tragic accident in Ottawa this
summer in which the young parents of three girls were killed."
The provinces of Quebec and Prince Edward Island have already acted to
stem the tide of RHD cars on their roads. CADA is calling on the
federal government to act on behalf of all Canadians to increase the
threshold for the suspension of environmental and safety regulations
from 15 to 25 years.
"This is a very simple fix for the federal government and would bring us
into line with our trading partners," said Mr. Gauthier. "America and
Australia have moved to 25 years and until Canada does the same, it
will continue to be a dumping ground for dirty, old and unsafe RHD
vehicles from Asian countries. Keeping them out of Canada is the right
thing to do for the safety of Canadian drivers and for the quality of
the air that we breathe."
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)
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