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Motorized 4 wheelers may get the nod for road use in Canada

The Canadian government is said to be considering allowing the sale of "motor quadricycles", essentially motorized four-wheelers, for on-road use.


A public consultation paper is to be published that considers the importation and distribution of motor quadricycles for on-road use in Canada. During a 30-day comment period, Canadians can submit opinions on amending the Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations to allow quadricycles to be imported and manufactured for sale in Canada.

If there is sufficient interest, the government would propose a new vehicle class because current regulations require than four wheeled vehicle would have to meet the Federal regulatory requirements of a passenger car or low-speed vehicle.

The provinces and territories would separately determine whether they'd allow motor quadricycles on their roads, and would be responsible for operator training, licensing requirements, and enforcement of their own road use legislation.

The Notice of Intent can be found in the Canada Gazette under May 8, 2010 in Part One.  Look for the section starting with "Department of Transport."  It's right around page 40 of 152 on the PDF at the link.

In 2006 the US NHTSA was petitioned to broaden the federal definition of motorcycle to include motorized quadricycles designed for on-road use. It denied the petition.  So don't get your hopes up too high.  If you want to ride a motorized quadricycle, you'll still have to go to Europe.

They're looking for opinions from Canadians on this (in writing) before June 11th, 2010.  There's a few specific areas they're requesting comments on.  They're a bit lengthy but check out the link provided above and you'll see them.

Here's a snippit from the publication:

Comments, questions, and requests for additional information regarding this Notice may be directed to Denis Brault, Senior Regulatory Development Engineer, Road Safety and Motor Vehicle Regulation Directorate, ASFBE, Transport Canada 275 Slater Street, 16th Floor, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0N5, denis.brault@tc.gc.ca (email). 


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