December 20, 2007

Government of Canada announces amendment to ease vehicle importation from the U.S.

Ottawa, Ontario – The Government of Canada has amended the Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations to make it easier for Canadians to import vehicles from the U.S. that are equipped with or can be fitted with an electronic immobilization system.

As of September 1, 2007, the regulations require that every new car, van, light truck or SUV built on or after that date, and sold in or imported into Canada, must be equipped with electronic anti-theft immobilizers meeting a defined Canadian standard.

“Our government remains committed to ensuring the safety of Canadians on our roads and highways,” said Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities. “This amendment clarifies the process for importing vehicles from the U.S. with respect to electronic anti-theft immobilization systems.”

The amendment will also allow Transport Canada to immediately begin clearing a backlog of cases involving Canadians who recently purchased certain new U.S. vehicles. These vehicles could not be imported because they were not certified by the manufacturers to meet the Canadian standard for the immobilizers.

Before buying a vehicle in the U.S., Canadians should check with the Registrar of Imported Vehicles about the rules and processes for importing vehicles at

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