Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations (C.R.C., c. 1038)

Regulations are current to 2014-09-01 and last amended on 2014-04-23. Previous Versions

GROSS VEHICLE WEIGHT RATING

 The gross vehicle weight rating of a vehicle shall be not less than the sum of

  • (a) the unloaded vehicle mass,

  • (b) the cargo-carrying capacity,

  • (c) the product obtained by multiplying the designated seating capacity by 54 kg, in the case of a school bus, or by 68 kg, in any other case, and

  • (d) in the case of a vehicle having living or sanitary accommodations, the mass of its fresh water, hot water and propane tanks, but not its waste water tanks, when full.

  • SOR/98-125, s. 2;
  • SOR/2008-258, s. 2.

MAXIMUM SPEED

  •  (1) The maximum speed of a motorcycle shall be measured in accordance with International Organization for Standardization standard ISO 7117:1995, Motorcycles — Measurement of Maximum Speed.

  • (2) Wherever the term “motorcycle” is used in International Organization for Standardization standard ISO 7117:1995, Motorcycles — Measurement of Maximum Speed, it shall have the same meaning as “motorcycle” in subsection 2(1) of these Regulations.

  • SOR/2011-263, s. 2.

COMPLIANCE LABEL

  •  (1) Subject to subsections (1.1) and 6.6(1), a company that manufactures a vehicle of a prescribed class that is a completed vehicle and that meets the requirements of these Regulations shall ensure that the vehicle, unless it is a vehicle imported temporarily for special purposes, bears a compliance label displaying at least

    • (a) the name of the manufacturer of the completed vehicle;

    • (b) the month and year the manufacture of the completed vehicle was complete;

    • (c) a drawing at least 13 mm in diameter depicting the national safety mark, as set out in Schedule I, and showing in its centre, in figures at least 2 mm in height, the authorization number assigned by the Minister to the company pursuant to section 3;

    • (d) the vehicle identification number;

    • (e) in the case of a passenger car, multi-purpose passenger vehicle, low-speed vehicle, three-wheeled vehicle, truck, bus, trailer, trailer converter dolly or motorcycle,

      • (i) the gross vehicle weight rating, expressed in kilograms, clearly identified by the words “Gross Vehicle Weight Rating” and “Poids nominal brut du véhicule” or the abbreviations “GVWR” and “PNBV”, and

      • (ii) the gross axle weight rating, expressed in kilograms, for each axle of the vehicle listed in order from front to rear and clearly identified by the words “Gross Axle Weight Ratings” and “Poids nominal brut sur l’essieu” or the abbreviations “GAWR” and “PNBE”, unless the information is set out on the vehicle placard or on the tire inflation pressure label referred to in section S4.3 of Technical Standards Document No. 110, Tire Selection and Rims for Motor Vehicles With a GVWR of 4,536 kg or Less, or on the tire information label referred to in section S5.3(b) of Technical Standards Document No. 120, Tire Selection and Rims for Motor Vehicles With a GVWR of More Than 4,536 kg;

    • (f) the type of vehicle, in both official languages, or the word “TYPE” along with one of the following abbreviations, namely,

      • (i) “AMB” to refer to an ambulance,

      • (i.1) “AT/PA” to refer to an auto transporter,

      • (ii) “ATV/VTT” to refer to an all-terrain vehicle,

      • (iii) “B/A” to refer to a bus,

      • (iv) “BT/RA” to refer to a bus trailer,

      • (v) “CD/CCC” to refer to a C-dolly,

      • (vi) “EMC/MCH” to refer to an enclosed motorcycle,

      • (vii) “HHT/RL” to refer to a heavy hauler trailer,

      • (viii) “LSM/MVL” to refer to a limited-speed motorcycle,

      • (ix) “LDD/CRC” to refer to a load divider dolly,

      • (ix.1) “LSV/VBV” to refer to a low-speed vehicle,

      • (x) “MH/AC” to refer to a motor home,

      • (xi) “MC” to refer to an open motorcycle,

      • (xii) “MPV/VTUM” to refer to a multi-purpose passenger vehicle,

      • (xiii) “PC/VT” to refer to a passenger car,

      • (xiv) “RUM/MUR” to refer to a restricted-use motorcycle,

      • (xv) “SB/AS” to refer to a school bus,

      • (xvi) “TRA/REM” to refer to a trailer,

      • (xvii) “TCD/CDC” to refer to a trailer converter dolly,

      • (xviii) “TRI” to refer to a motor tricycle,

      • (xix) “TRU/CAM” to refer to a truck,

      • (xx) “TT/CT” to refer to a truck tractor,

      • (xxi) “TWV/VTR” to refer to a three-wheeled vehicle, and

      • (xxii) ”SNO/MNG” to refer to a snowmobile;

    • (g) in the case of a C-dolly, the mounting height, expressed in both official languages, of the coupling when the C-dolly is not loaded; and

    • (h) in the case of a trailer that is designed to tow a C-dolly, the mounting height, expressed in both official languages, of the coupling when the trailer is not loaded;

    • (i[Repealed, SOR/2002-55, s. 4]

  • (1.1) If an incomplete vehicle manufacturer or an intermediate manufacturer assumes legal responsibility for the completed vehicle’s conformity to the requirements of these Regulations, the incomplete vehicle manufacturer or the intermediate manufacturer, as the case may be, shall ensure that a compliance label is applied to the completed vehicle in accordance with this section, except that

    • (a) the name of the incomplete vehicle manufacturer or the intermediate manufacturer, as the case may be, shall appear on the compliance label instead of the name of the manufacturer referred to in paragraph (1)(a); and

    • (b) the date of manufacture of the completed vehicle may be no earlier than the date on which manufacturing operations on the vehicle are completed by the incomplete vehicle manufacturer and no later than the date on which manufacturing operations on the vehicle are completed by the final-stage manufacturer.

  • (1.2) If an incomplete vehicle manufacturer assumes legal responsibility for the completed vehicle’s conformity to the requirements of these Regulations, the provisions related to vehicles manufactured in stages set out in sections 6.1 to 6.6 do not apply.

  • (1.3) If an intermediate manufacturer assumes legal responsibility for the completed vehicle’s conformity to the requirements of these Regulations, the provisions related to vehicles manufactured in stages set out in sections 6.3 to 6.6 do not apply.

  • (2) The drawing referred to in paragraph (1)(c)

    • (a) may be displayed on a label applied to the vehicle beside the compliance label; or

    • (b) in the case of an imported vehicle, may be replaced by the following statement indicating that the vehicle conforms to the applicable standards prescribed under these Regulations at the time the main assembly of the vehicle was completed:

      “THIS VEHICLE CONFORMS TO ALL APPLICABLE STANDARDS PRESCRIBED UNDER THE CANADIAN MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY REGULATIONS IN EFFECT ON THE DATE OF MANUFACTURE / CE VÉHICULE EST CONFORME À TOUTES LES NORMES QUI LUI SONT APPLICABLES EN VERTU DU RÈGLEMENT SUR LA SÉCURITÉ DES VÉHICULES AUTOMOBILES DU CANADA EN VIGUEUR À LA DATE DE SA FABRICATION”.

  • (3) The compliance label shall be applied

    • (a) in the case of a bus, multi-purpose passenger vehicle, three-wheeled vehicle, passenger car, truck or low-speed vehicle,

      • (i) to the hinge pillar, door latch post or the door edge that meets the door latch post next to the driver’s seating position,

      • (ii) to the left side of the instrument panel or the inward-facing surface of the door next to the driver’s seating position, where it is impracticable to apply the label in accordance with subparagraph (i), or

      • (iii) to a conspicuous and readily accessible location, where it is impracticable to apply the label in accordance with subparagraph (i) or (ii);

    • (b) in the case of a trailer, to the forward half of the left side of the trailer so that it is easily readable from outside the trailer without moving any part of the trailer;

    • (c) in the case of a motorcycle or a restricted-use motorcycle, to a permanent part of the motorcycle as close as is practicable to the intersection of the steering post and the handlebars so that it is easily readable without moving any part of the motorcycle except the steering system; or

    • (d) in the case of a snowmobile or a snowmobile cutter, to the rear half of the right side of the vehicle so that it is easily readable from outside the vehicle without moving any part of the vehicle.

  • (4) to (7) [Repealed, SOR/2002-55, s. 4]

  • (8) In the case of a multi-purpose passenger vehicle or bus manufactured from a cutaway chassis, a motor home or a recreational trailer, the compliance label shall display the following information in both official languages:

    • (a) the cargo-carrying capacity of the vehicle;

    • (b) the designated seating capacity, except in the case of a recreational trailer;

    • (c) in the case of a motor home, the total mass of the occupants, which is obtained by multiplying the designated seating capacity by 68 kg; and

    • (d) in the case of a motor home or a recreational trailer,

      • (i) the mass of the fresh water, hot water and waste water tanks when full, and

      • (ii) a statement that the displayed cargo-carrying capacity is determined with the fresh water and hot water tanks full and the waste water tanks empty.

  • (8.1) The information referred to in subsection (8) may be displayed on a separate label applied to the vehicle beside the compliance label or in a conspicuous or readily accessible location.

  • (9) In the case of a limited-speed motorcycle and a low-speed vehicle, a statement in both official languages that the use of the vehicle may be restricted by provincial authorities to certain roads shall appear on the compliance label or on a separate label permanently applied to the vehicle in a conspicuous location.

  • (10) [Repealed, SOR/2000-182, s. 2]

  • (11) In the case of a model of vehicle in respect of which the Governor in Council has made an exemption order pursuant to section 9 of the Act, the compliance label or information label applied to the vehicle, as the case may be, shall also specify, in both official languages,

    • (a) the number and title of the standard in respect of which the exemption has been granted; and

    • (b) the short title of the exemption order.

  • (12) and (13) [Repealed, SOR/2000-182, s. 2]

  • SOR/79-940, s. 2;
  • SOR/81-455, s. 1;
  • SOR/82-482, s. 4;
  • SOR/87-660, s. 2;
  • SOR/88-268, s. 3;
  • SOR/91-528, s. 1;
  • SOR/93-146, s. 2;
  • SOR/95-147, s. 2;
  • SOR/98-125, s. 3;
  • SOR/2000-182, s. 2;
  • SOR/2000-304, s. 2;
  • SOR/2002-55, ss. 4, 21;
  • SOR/2003-272, s. 4;
  • SOR/2004-250, s. 2;
  • SOR/2005-342, s. 1;
  • SOR/2006-94, s. 4(E);
  • SOR/2008-258, s. 3.