November 15, 2006

Federal government introduces emissions standards for motorcycles

Montreal, Quebec – The federal Minister of Industry, Maxime Bernier, has announced new emissions standards for on-road motorcycles, intended to reduce smog-forming pollutants from motorcycles, mopeds and scooters. The new regulations will take effect December 1, 2006.

The amendments to the On-Road Vehicle and Engine Emissions Regulations introduced tighter emission standards and, for the first time, extended the application of standards to small scooters and mopeds. It is estimated that smog-forming emissions will be progressively reduced as cleaner products replace an increasing proportion of older in-use motorcycles. While the focus is on controlling emissions, some of the technologies expected to be used will result in improved fuel efficiency, which will in turn contribute to minor reductions in greenhouse gas emissions from individual motorcycles.

The new standards are aligned with U.S. requirements, and will apply to model-year 2006 and newer on-road motorcycles sold in Canada. The regulations do not affect owners of existing products.

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