Transport Canada and the federal government want to re-define Low Speed Electric Vehicles (LSEVs) in a way that will prevent them from being used on public roads!
(LSEVs are also known as Neighborhood Electric Vehicles or NEVs - mainly in the US).
This proposal will:
- prohibit LSEVs from low speed residential streets and other appropriate roads where pedestrians, bicycles and cars are currently allowed
- restrict LSEVs to closed areas such as campuses and "gated communities"
- prevent you from using your LSEV to get groceries or run other errands
- give Canadians fewer options than their American counterparts who can drive LSEVs on low-speed roads in 48 states.
- squash development of Canadian LSEVs and put Canadian businesses at a disadvantage
- prevent Canadian companies like ZENN motorcars and Dynasty from selling their LSEVs in Canada
- prevent Canadian provinces from allowing LSEVs on low speed roads (only B.C. allows LSEVs on the road right now)
Read: EVCO reply to proposed regulatory changes (PDF) - submitted to Transport Canada on Feb 20, 2008
Ontario Ministry of Transport