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

Regulations are current to 2016-05-12 and last amended on 2015-06-03. Previous Versions

Final-stage Manufacturer’s Document

  •  (1) A final-stage manufacturer shall make an addendum to the incomplete vehicle document that contains the following information:

    • (a) its name and mailing address; and

    • (b) a clear and precise description of all the changes that it has made to the incomplete vehicle.

  • (2) The final-stage manufacturer shall retain and make available to the Minister, on request, the incomplete vehicle documentation referred to in subsection (1) and sections 6.1 and 6.3, for a period of no less than five years after the date manufacturing operations on the vehicle are completed by the final-stage manufacturer.

  • SOR/2002-55, s. 5.

Final-stage Manufacturer’s Compliance Label

  •  (1) Every final-stage manufacturer shall choose a date of manufacture for a completed vehicle that may be no earlier than the date specified by the incomplete vehicle manufacturer on its information label but no later than the date manufacturing operations on the vehicle are completed by the final-stage manufacturer and shall

    • (a) complete the incomplete vehicle in such a manner that the completed vehicle conforms to the standards prescribed for a completed vehicle of that class as of the date chosen by the final-stage manufacturer; and

    • (b) apply to the completed vehicle a compliance label in accordance with section 6, except that

      • (i) the date of manufacture referred to in paragraph 6(1)(b) is the date of manufacture chosen by the final-stage manufacturer, and

      • (ii) subject to subsection (2), the GVWR and GAWRs shall be those set out on the label applied by the previous manufacturer.

  • (2) If a final-stage manufacturer increases the GVWR or the GAWRs above those referred to in paragraphs 6.1(1)(d) and (e) and subsection 6.4(4) or new ratings have been displayed on an intermediate manufacturer’s information label, the final-stage manufacturer shall ensure that the new ratings are displayed on the compliance label for the completed vehicle and

    • (a) are increased in accordance with the written recommendations of the incomplete vehicle manufacturer or, if applicable, of another previous manufacturer; or

    • (b) are within the load-carrying capacity of the vehicle’s components when the vehicle is loaded for its intended use as a completed vehicle.

  • SOR/2002-55, s. 5.

 All the labels applied to a vehicle under sections 6, 6.2, 6.4 and 6.6 shall

  • (a) be permanently attached to the vehicle;

  • (b) be resistant to or protected against any weather condition to which the label may be exposed;

  • (c) have lettering that is

    • (i) clear and indelible,

    • (ii) indented, embossed or in a colour that contrasts with the background colour of the label, and

    • (iii) in block capitals and numerals not less than 2 mm in height; and

  • (d) have metric units identified by the appropriate name or symbol.

  • SOR/82-482, s. 5;
  • SOR/95-147, s. 2;
  • SOR/2002-55, s. 6.

 [Repealed, SOR/2002-55, s. 7]

Altered Vehicle

  •  (1) If a company alters a vehicle, other than an incomplete vehicle or a truck tractor not fitted with a fifth wheel coupling, that was in conformity with these Regulations in such a manner that its stated GVWR and GAWR are no longer accurate, or if the company alters the vehicle otherwise than by the addition, substitution or removal of readily attachable components such as mirrors or tire and rim assemblies or by minor finishing operations, the company shall

    • (a) ensure that the compliance label and information label, if applicable, remain on the vehicle;

    • (a.1) respect the gross axle weight ratings and gross vehicle weight rating of the vehicle recommended by the original manufacturer or, where the company increases the ratings, ensure that they are

      • (i) increased in accordance with the original manufacturer’s written recommendations, or

      • (ii) within the load-carrying capacity of the vehicle’s components when the altered vehicle is loaded for its intended use;

    • (b) ensure that the vehicle conforms to the standards referred to in subsection 5(2), in respect of the work carried out by the company to alter the vehicle; and

    • (c) subject to subsection (2), apply to the vehicle an additional label displaying

      • (i) the words “THIS VEHICLE WAS ALTERED BY / CE VÉHICULE A ÉTÉ MODIFIÉ PAR” followed by the name of the company that altered the vehicle,

      • (ii) the month and year during which the alteration of the vehicle was completed,

      • (iii) the drawing referred to in paragraph 6(1)(c),

      • (iv) in accordance with paragraph 6(1)(e), the new gross vehicle weight rating and gross axle weight ratings of the vehicle as altered, where they differ from those shown on the original compliance label,

      • (v) in accordance with paragraph 6(1)(f), the type of vehicle, where it differs from the type shown on the original compliance label, and

      • (vi) in the case of a multi-purpose passenger vehicle or bus manufactured from a cutaway chassis, a motor home or a recreational trailer, the information referred to in subsection 6(8).

  • (2) The drawing referred to in paragraph (1)(c) may be displayed on a label applied to the vehicle beside the compliance label.

  • (3) In the case of a motor home or a recreational trailer, the information referred to in subparagraph (1)(c)(vi) may be displayed on a separate label applied to the vehicle beside the compliance label or in a conspicuous or readily accessible location.

  • SOR/90-805, s. 2;
  • SOR/91-425, s. 3;
  • SOR/92-173, ss. 2, 5;
  • SOR/95-147, s. 2;
  • SOR/98-125, s. 5;
  • SOR/2002-55, s. 8;
  • SOR/2006-94, s. 4(E).

Records

  •  (1) For each vehicle to which the national safety mark is applied or that is imported into Canada, a company shall maintain in writing or in readily readable electronic or optical form the records referred to in paragraph 5(1)(g) of the Act that show that the vehicle conforms to all prescribed standards applicable to it and retain those records for at least five years after the date of manufacture or importation.

  • (2) If the records referred to in subsection (1) are maintained by a person on behalf of a company, the company shall keep the name and address of that person.

  • (3) On request in writing from an inspector, a company shall send to that inspector a copy, in either official language, of the records referred to in subsection (1) within

    • (a) 30 working days after the mailing of the request; or

    • (b) where the records must be translated, 45 working days after the mailing of the request.

  • SOR/79-940, s. 3;
  • SOR/87-450, s. 1;
  • SOR/88-536, s. 1;
  • SOR/95-147, s. 2;
  • SOR/98-524, s. 2;
  • SOR/2008-104, s. 2;
  • SOR/2009-32, s. 1;
  • SOR/2013-117, s. 2.

Importation Document

  •  (1) Subject to subsections (2) and (4) to (6), any person importing into Canada a vehicle of a prescribed class shall, at the nearest customs office that is open for business, make a declaration, signed by that person or that person’s duly authorized representative, setting out

    • (a) the name and address of the company or individual importing the vehicle;

    • (b) the name of the manufacturer of the vehicle;

    • (c) the date the vehicle is presented for importation;

    • (d) the class, make, model and vehicle identification number of the vehicle;

    • (e) a statement that the vehicle bears an information label or compliance label, as the case may be, or, where the importer is an individual, a statement from the manufacturer or the duly authorized representative of that manufacturer that the vehicle described in the document conformed to the applicable standards prescribed under these Regulations at the time the main assembly of the vehicle was completed;

    • (f) a statement that on the date of its importation the vehicle conformed to the applicable standards prescribed under these Regulations at the time the main assembly of the vehicle was completed;

    • (f.1) [Repealed, SOR/2003-2, s. 47]

    • (g) where the importer is an individual, the month and year the main assembly of the vehicle was completed.

  • (2) The declaration that a person or the person’s duly authorized representative must make prior to importation, pursuant to paragraph 7(1)(a) of the Act, shall be signed and contain the information set out in Schedule VII.

  • (3) The declarations made in accordance with subsection (2)

    • (a) shall be filed with the Minister prior to importation of the vehicle; or

    • (b) in the case of a company whose world production of vehicles is 2,500 or more a year, may be filed with the Minister quarterly.

  • (4) For the purposes of paragraph 5(1)(b) of the Act, any company that imports 2,500 vehicles or more a year into Canada may provide the information referred to in subsection (1) in another form and manner that is satisfactory to the Minister.

  • (5) Any company importing a vehicle into Canada pursuant to subsection 5(3) of the Act shall, at the nearest customs office that is open for business, make a declaration, signed by that person or that person’s duly authorized representative, setting out

    • (a) the name of the company importing the vehicle;

    • (b) the name of the company that completed the main assembly of the vehicle;

    • (c) the name of the company that will be completing the vehicle;

    • (d) the class, make, model and vehicle identification number of the vehicle;

    • (e) the date the vehicle is presented for importation;

    • (f) a statement from the company that completed the main assembly of the vehicle that the vehicle, when completed in accordance with the provided instructions, will conform to the applicable standards prescribed under these Regulations at the time the main assembly of the vehicle was completed; and

    • (g) a statement that the vehicle will be completed in accordance with the provided instructions.

  • (6) Any person importing a vehicle imported temporarily into Canada for special purposes shall file with the Minister, prior to importation, a declaration signed by the person or the person’s duly authorized representative, containing the information set out in Schedule VII.

  • SOR/79-940, s. 4;
  • SOR/88-536, s. 1;
  • SOR/94-670, s. 2(F);
  • SOR/95-147, s. 2;
  • SOR/97-376, s. 3;
  • SOR/2000-182, s. 3;
  • SOR/2002-55, s. 9;
  • SOR/2003-2, s. 47.
 
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