Transport Canada: all new small vehicles need rear-view cameras from 2018

Published: October 31, 2016

Updated: July 24, 2018

Author: Luke Jones

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Transport Canada is making new regulations for new cars and small trucks from 2018. The department says all small vehicles launched in 2018 and thereafter will have to be equipped with a rear-view camera system. The new stipulation will come into effect May 2018.

The regulations are currently in the Canada Gazette, where Transport Canada has opened them for a 75-day comment period. The department says that safety is the reason for the new rules. It says vulnerable people like disabled persons, elderly, and children are at risk from vehicles backing up. The regulation is in line with a similar law for back up safety standards in the United States.

Transport Canada says the vehicles affected by the regulations include passenger cars, light trucks, small vans, three-wheelers, and buses if they are classed as light vehicles. The department points out that 27 people died in Canada from back up mishaps, and more than 1,500 were injured from 2004 to 2009.

“This helps children be seen and provides Canadians with one of the best safety technology systems to reduce back-over collisions,” Transport Minister Marc Garneau said in a statement.

The United States made its regulations in 2014, with a 2018 deadline for compliance.

“The objective of this proposal is to align the Canadian and United States safety regulations, to provide Canadians with the same level of protection under the law related to back-over crashes offered to residents of the United States and to satisfy vehicle manufacturers’ call to eliminate regulatory differences between Canada and the United States,” Transport Canada said.