A law that would impose speed limiters on new vehicles appears to have stalled in the driveway.
Bill C-568, a Private Members Bill by Liberal MP Jim Karygiannis (Scarborough-Agincourt), would require manufacturers to install speed limiters in new vehicles that would prevent them from going faster than 150 km/h.
Mechanics would be prohibited from releasing a vehicle they had worked on unless there was a functioning speed limiter in place and operating a vehicle without an engaged speed limiter would be a crime.
Karygiannis says Canadian roads "are not part of the Grand Prix or Indy 500 circuit," though he leaves the possibility open for Moto GP and Superbike racing. There is, he says, "no reason for your vehicle to be able to travel at 200 plus kilometres." He doesn’t give a time factor but one might assume he meant 200 kilometres per hour. He does not state why 155 km/h is not safe but 150 km/h is.
But it doesn’t seem to matter how fast Mr. Karygiannis thinks vehicles should be allowed to go, since his bill was included in the 39th Parliament and went nowhere, and does not appear to have made the starting grid for the 40th Parliament.
CMG’s legal analyst Matthew McGarvey says it may have "died on the vine."