December 17, 2007

Transport Canada proposes including small trucks in low speed vehicle definition

Ottawa, Ontario – Transport Canada is taking steps to update the definition of low speed vehicles (LSVs) which would allow manufacturers of small electric LSV trucks to market them in Canada. These trucks could be used for applications such as grounds keeping, landscaping, and in certain industrial and institutional settings.

“Along with small LSV trucks, the proposed updated definition makes it clear that the LSV class was created to meet transportation needs in controlled areas,” said Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities. “It’s important for Canadians to know that these vehicles should be restricted to safe environments.”

Controlled areas can include university campuses, military bases, parks and retirement communications, where LSVs do not share the roads with larger, heavier and faster motor vehicles.

The road use of LSVs is a matter for provinces and territories to regulate, but Transport Canada is reminding licensing authorities, manufacturers and consumers that the safety standards for these electric, environmentally-friendly LSVs do not match those of other motor classes that travel on public roads. Transport Canada said that it is concerned for the safety of LSV users in a collision with other vehicles, and that it is encouraging vehicle manufacturers to consider designing and making electric vehicles that meet all of the strict safety standards currently met by mainstream motor vehicles.

The revision to the definition of an LSV will also clarify the current “no emission” requirement, by stating that an LSV does not use fuel as an on-board source of energy.

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