OTTAWA, Oct. 20 / CNW / – Today the Automobile Dealers Association of Canada (CADA), which represents more than 3,300 dealers nationwide, calls on the federal government to close a regulatory gap that allows thousands of dirty and dangerous right-hand drives (RHD) vehicles in Canada every year.
“The last few 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 over 15 years old to enter the country without complying with Canadian motor vehicle safety standards or national environmental standards.
The 15-year exclusion rule for imposing 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 the import of antiques in Canada. It is under this loophole that all RHD vehicles currently enter Canada.
“A 15-year-old car is no longer an antique,” said Gauthier. “The vast majority of vehicles on the road today are reaching their 15th anniversary and beyond. In addition, right-hand drive vehicles are up to 40% more likely to be involved in an accident than traditional left-hand drive cars. They are often used for the road. racing and other irresponsible acts. One of them 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 taken action to stem the tide of right-hand drive cars on their roads. CADA calls on the federal government to act on behalf of all Canadians to raise the threshold for suspending environmental and safety regulations from 15 to 25 years.
“This is a very simple solution for the federal government that would bring us closer to our trading partners,” said Mr. Gauthier. “America and Australia are 25 years old and until Canada does the same, it will continue to be a dumping ground for dirty, old and dangerous 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 we breathe.
The Automobile Dealers Association of Canada (CADA) is the national association of franchised automobile dealerships that sell new cars and trucks. Our 3,300 dealers represent a key sector of the Canadian economy. Through our dealers, we are represented in almost every community and these dealers collectively employ over 130,000 people across the country.