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CTEA Gains Extension on Rear Vision Rule Changes

Wednesday, November 22, 2017   (0 Comments)
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Changes to harmonize new rear visibility system rules in Canada with US FMVSS 111 was published on November 15, 2017 in the Canada Gazette Part II (click here for full copy of text).

 

This change provides requirements for rear vision cameras and dash monitors in light vehicles (<10,000lb (4536 kg)).  These requirements come into effect in the USA and Canada on May 1, 2018.

 

However, the Canadian requirement does not come into effect until May 1, 2019 for vehicles manufactured in multiple stages.  Thus, vehicles manufactured from cut-away chassis or pickups without boxes (whether deleted at the factory or removed (altered) by the up-fitter), etc. are not covered by the new rule for an additional year. 

 

This one year extension provides the multi-stage manufacturing sector companies, i.e. intermediate, final stage and altered vehicle manufacturers, to work out how they are effecting the OEM's compliance and what they need to do to maintain compliance with these regulations.

 

The main concern is largely with respect to the complexity of the testing required for determining the adequacy of the image projected by the dash mounted monitors used in the rear visibility systems.  Typical up-fitters will be hard pressed to perform the regulated testing required of the OEM manufacturers, thus the additional year will provide time for the CTEA and member up-fitter companies dealing with light vehicles to determine a reasonable solution to prove compliance to these new requirement.

 

For further information please contact the CTEA office at 1-226-670-0779.


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