Canada implements new safety technologies for buses
To improve safety for all Canada’s road users new regulations are put in place to make electronic stability control and electronic logging devices mandatory…
The Government of Canada is exploring ways for technology to make roads safer. Transport Canada is following the same path and requiring all buses to adopt two new technologies.
The new regulations necessitate electronic stability control technology on heavy buses sold in Canada. Electronic stability control systems are a crash avoidance technology that can reduce collisions by helping drivers maintain control, preventing rollovers and improving directional stability. School buses and intercity buses will need to have the new equipment installed by June 2018. All new cars and light duty vehicles have already had to require electronic stability control technology since 2011.
Separate proposed regulations will introduce mandatory electronic logging devices for both the buses and their commercial drivers. These devices help a driver to remain compliant with the federal ‘Commercial Vehicle Drivers Hours of Service Regulations’; reducing the potential for driver fatigue and therefore improving the safety on the roads. Electronic logging devices that meet the new national safety code technical standard will become mandatory in 2020. Devices now in use will be permitted until 2022.
“We’re constantly looking at how technology can improve road safety and electronic stability control and electronic logging devices fit the bill,” said The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport. “These new measures not only make buses safer but also have a trickle-down effect pf making the roads safer for all Canadians.”
Canada’s new regulations for both technologies are closely aligned with similar regulations in the United States to improve safety for drivers, passengers and pedestrians whilst supporting economic growth, trade and shipping.