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Old 12-18-2007, 12:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Canadian feds moving to block NEV's from public roads (also: hilarious ZENN vid)

Recently there's been a bit of drama going on north of the 49th regarding the LSV/NEV vehicle class.

While the US permits these vehicles in 45 states, currenly only one Canadian province allows them, and the Feds are apparently now planning a move to REDEFINE the vehicle classification to ban them entirely from public roads:

"... 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.

ZENN has mounted a decent public relations campaign, and the EV groups I'm familiar with have been phoning and writing the government.

We'll see how it all turns out.

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