November 14, 2016

Canada Aligns Rear-View Visibility Standards with the U.S.

Back in April 2014, we posted about the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s new rule on rear visibility technology.  The Final Rule mandates that all new light duty vehicles less than 10,000 pounds (such as passenger cars, SUVs and light trucks) have rear visibility technology by May 1, 2018.  Transport Canada recently announced that Canadian rear-view visibility standards will be aligned with the U.S.

The amendment will mandate that systems show a rear-view image to the driver.  While many vehicles already are equipped with backup cameras, parking sensors won’t meet the new requirement.

The large blind zone in many vehicles, particularly SUVs and pickup trucks, increases the risk of back-over incidents.  Transport Canada estimates that back-over collisions killed 24 to 27 people and injured approximately 1,500 from 2004 to 2009.  In the United States, it is reported that there are 210 fatalities and 15,000 injuries each year on average caused by back-over incidents. 

The new regulations were formally posted in the Canada Gazette for a 75-day comment period.

To read about tests conducted by the U.S. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety comparing rear camera systems to parking sensors, click here.