New legislation currently being considered by the House of Commons would give federal law the flexibility to address regulations for automated and connected technology in cars.
“Shifts in the global technology landscape are placing a growing reliance on vehicle safety innovation while transforming business practices and consumer demands,” argues Brenda Shanahan, Liberal MP for Châteauguay – Lacolle, Que.
“These emerging and disruptive technologies offer promising opportunities for economic safety and environmental benefits, as well as a number of regulatory challenges,” Shanahan added during debate on Bill S-2, which proposes to change the federal Motor Vehicle Safety Act.
Bill S-2 is a broad bill, but among its changes would be the extension of the length of time an interim order can remain in effect, from one year to three years.
“An interim order allows a Canadian regulation that corresponds to a foreign regulation to be suspended or modified if there is a change by that foreign government,” Shanahan told the Commons Sept. 20.
“Currently, interim orders can only suspend or modify a Canadian regulation for one year, which does not reflect that some regulations could take longer to develop, particularly if they deal with a very technical subject matter,” Shanahan added. “As such, Bill S-2 proposes to extend the period of an interim order to three years to reflect the typical length of time required to complete the full regulatory process for such a technical requirement.”
Bill S-2 was first tabled in May 11, 2016 by Senator Peter Harder. It would also allow the transport minister “to be able to order a company to correct a defect or non-compliance in a vehicle or equipment if the minister considered it to be in the interests of public safety.”
The bill has since been tabled for a second reading, as confirmed by Transport Minister Marc Garneau on Sept. 19.
“Emerging and disruptive technologies offer promising opportunities for economic safety and environmental benefits, as well as a number of regulatory challenges,” Shanahan pointed out Sept. 20. “The challenges at the pace of change associated with these technologies, and how they are transforming the motor vehicle sector, is rapidly increasing while the regulatory process remains unchanged.”