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New Safety Regulation to Prevent Phantom Vehicles

March 21, 2018

The Government of Canada recently announced new safety legislation that will require all new cars sold in Canada as of 2021 to be more visible in low-light conditions.

CAA is also partnering with Transport Canada to raise awareness on phantom vehicles. A phantom vehicle is one where the daytime headlights and dashboard are illuminated, but the taillights are not, making the vehicle hard to spot.

“CAA is pleased to see Transport Canada acting on this important safety issue. Automatic rear lights will make our roads safer, and save lives,” says Ian Jack, Managing Director, Public Affairs, CAA National.

This new safety standard will require auto manufacturers do one of the following:

  • Have daytime running lights and tail lights come on when the vehicle instrument panel is illuminated and the vehicle is in operation
  • Automatically turn on the headlights, tail lights, and side marker lights in low-light conditions; or
  • Keep the driver’s instrument panel dark so the driver knows to turn on all the lights.

To learn more about phantom vehicles and how to help raise awareness please visit www.tc.gc.ca/SEEandbeSEEN.

 

 



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