November 20, 2006

Regulatory amendments set tighter emission limits on vehicles, including motorcycles

OTTAWA, ONT-Amendments to the federal on-road vehicle and engine emission regulations introduce tighter emission standards and, for the first time, apply emission standards to small scooters and mopeds. These new emission standards will reduce smog-forming pollutants from motorcycles, mopeds and scooters It is estimated that smog-forming emissions will be progressively reduced as older motorcycles now in use are replaced by newer, cleaner models. The government estimates, for example, that air pollutants such as nitrogen oxides and hydrocarbons emitted by the fleet of motorcycles now operating in Canada will be reduced by 59% and 45%, respectively by the year 2020. The technologies used to achieve the new limits are expected to have the added benefit of contributing to minor reductions in greenhouse gas emissions from these vehicles. The new standards are aligned with U.S. requirements and will apply to new 2006 and later model year on-road motorcycles sold in Canada. Published in the November 15, 2006 edition of the Canada Gazette, Part II, the regulations will come into effect on December 1st, 2006.

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