Zero-emissions, electric low-speed trucks can now be marketed across Canada

    OTTAWA, Aug. 6 /CNW Telbec/ - With an updated federal definition of
low-speed vehicles (LSVs), manufacturers of LSV trucks can now begin to market
them across Canada, announced the Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of
Transport, Infrastructure and Communities today. These low-speed trucks are
designed for use such as grounds keeping, landscaping, and in certain
industrial and institutional settings such as campuses and resorts, where they
can be operated safely.
    "The marketing of zero-emissions, electric low-speed trucks in Canada is
good news. These low-speed trucks are environmentally friendly and represent
one more step in our government's ambitious environmental agenda," said
Minister Cannon. "While greener vehicles are the future, LSVs should be used
in controlled low-speed environments like campuses and retirement communities,
where the risk of entering into a collision with a faster motor vehicle would
be lower than on public roads."
    While LSVs provide a substantially lower level of safety than
conventional types of vehicles such as cars, they can safely be used on
university campuses, in parks and retirement communities, and on military
bases where the maximum speed is 40 km/h and the presence of larger and faster
vehicles is controlled.
    Road use of LSVs, including vehicle licensing, is a matter for provinces
and territories to regulate. Transport Canada continues to remind licensing
authorities, as well as manufacturers and consumers, that the safety standards
for LSVs do not match those of other motor vehicle classes. Conventional
passenger cars must meet up to 40 safety standards, whether they are powered
by electricity, gasoline, diesel, propane or natural gas.
    "While low-speed cars and trucks are good for the environment, they
should not compromise the safety of Canadians," added Minister Cannon. "The
Government of Canada supports cleaner transportation solutions that can
continue to provide the current high level of safety on our roads so Canadians
can benefit."
    The federal Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations have always required that
    - be powered by an electric motor;
    - produce no emissions;
    - have four wheels; and
    - drive at a maximum speed of between 32 km/h and 40 km/h.

    Through the ecoTECHNOLOGY for Vehicles Program and the Transportation
Development Centre, Transport Canada encourages vehicle manufacturers to
design and make electric cars and trucks that meet all of the safety standards
that apply to conventional cars and trucks. This way, electric vehicles can
offer the same level of occupant protection as conventional vehicles without
tailpipe emissions or negative impact on local air quality.
    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
December 22, 2007. The final amendment was published on August 6, 2008, in the
Canada Gazette, Part II.

For further information:

For further information: Catherine Loubier, Director of Communications,
Office of the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, Ottawa,
(613) 991-0700; Media Relations, Transport Canada, Ottawa, (613) 993-0055;
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