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All new cars must have rear-view back-up cameras starting May 2018, Transport Canada says

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OTTAWA – Transport Canada says new cars and small trucks will have to be equipped with rear-view camera systems starting in May 2018.

The new regulations have been formally posted in the Canada Gazette for a 75-day comment period.

The requirement for back-up visibility brings Canadian standards in line with those in the United States.

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The department says it’s a safety measure because children, disabled persons, the elderly and others are vulnerable to back-up mishaps.

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It estimates that such accidents killed 27 people and injured more than 1,500 from 2004 to 2009.

The new requirement applies to new light vehicles, including passenger cars, light trucks, three-wheelers and small vans and buses.

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