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Transport Canada Opens Consultations on Advanced Vehicle Safety Systems

Transport Canada has begun industry consultations ahead of a regulatory process that will address the use certain advanced safety technologies. These include Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) and a suite of other systems collectively called Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS). Transport Canada is considering making some of or all those technologies mandatory on new heavy trucks sold in Canada, possibly sometime later next year or in 2022.

These initial consultations are part of an informal process that will lead to the publication of a proposal in the Canada Gazette, possibly in May or June of 2021. The formal regulatory process begins after that with a proposed regulation governing the use of such technologies followed by a formal public comment period.

Presently, Transport Canada is looking for input from industry groups such as the OBAC, The Canadian Trucking Alliance, the Private Motor Truck Council, The Women's Trucking Federation, OOIDA and others. They also want input from the public and other industry stakeholders, such as driver and owner-operators.

Transport Canada has developed webpages addressing each of the proposals. Each one contain some opening comment as to why this work is being undertaken, and links to background information on the technology. Also include on each page are instructions for providing comments, which could be in the form of participation in a forum, a formal submission or an email. See below for the links to each page.

Remember, if you're not at the table, you could be on the menu. Consultations will be open for comments until September 30th, 2020.

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