Canada’s Transport Minister is proposing new regulations that would require all new vehicles sold in Canada to be equipped with back-up cameras starting May 2018.
Minister Marc Garneau made the announcement at an elementary school in Ottawa on Monday, making the connection to Halloween trick-or-treating, where it is often difficult for drivers to see families out for the festivities.
Garneau says the required cameras will help all new car owners with improved visibility to spot people and objects while reversing a vehicle.
Rear-view cameras can already be found on a number of vehicles offering enhanced safety features.
Garneau says he plans “to make rear-view cameras and displays standard equipment on all new vehicles, including base models. This helps children be seen and provides Canadians with one of the best safety technology systems to reduce back-over collisions.”
It’s estimated from 2004 to 2009, back-over crashes are responsible for over 1,500 injuries and 27 deaths in Canada.
— Marc Garneau (@MarcGarneau) October 31, 2016