Canadian SUVs To Be Reclassified As Cars Under New Emission Laws
Canada’s federal government is set to tighten regulations on sport utility vehicles. Changing their classification from trucks to cars to force manufacturers to abide by their tighter emissions laws will reduce pollution from the relatively fuel-inefficient models, according to just-auto.com.The move is part of an overhaul of Canadian maximum emission levels for oxides of nitrogen, which will be reduced for cars from 0.3 grams per mile to 0.07 grams per mile. This new reduced maximum will also apply to SUVs, down from the truck-standard of 1.53 grams per mile that currently applies."Vehicles are a major source of the air pollutants that contribute to the formation of smog," said Environment Minister David Anderson."SUV’s have evaded the regulations that were put in place for passenger vehicles. The smog contribution from a new SUV will drop dramatically," he told the Montreal Gazette.According to the site, the new regulation will come into effect in September of 2003 for 2004 models, matching standards being applied in the United States.