Transport Canada is updating the definition of electric low speed vehicles (LSVs) to allow manufacturers of small low-speed vehicle (LSV) trucks to begin to market them in Canada. Such trucks could be used in applications such as grounds keeping, landscaping and in certain industrial and institutional settings.
While the road use of LSVs is a matter for provinces and territories to regulate, Transport Canada reminds licensing authorities, as well as manufacturers and consumers, that the safety standards for these electric LSVs do not match those of other motor vehicle classes that travel our public roads. The safety of LSV users in case of a collision is of great concern to Transport Canada.
Along with small LSV trucks, the proposed updated definition makes it clear that the LSV class was created to meet transportation needs in controlled areas. It’s important for Canadians to know that these vehicles should be restricted to safe environments.—Honorable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities
A controlled area can include any of the following: university campuses, military bases, parks and retirement communities. These are areas where LSVs do not share the roads with larger, heavier and faster motor vehicles.
Transport Canada encourages vehicle manufacturers to consider designing and making electric vehicles that meet all of the strict safety standards currently met by mainstream motor vehicles, so they can offer the same level of protection without tailpipe emissions or negative impact on local air quality.
Another minor revision in the definition of an LSV would clarify the current “no emission” requirement by stating that an LSV does not use fuel as an on-board source of energy. This is in keeping with the original intent that LSVs are environmentally friendly electric vehicles and produce no operational emissions.