Currently, imported vehicles manufactured 15 or more years ago are not subject to a federal inspection on importation into Canada.
As a result, there is no assurance that the vehicle has been built in accordance with Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (CMVSS), which prescribe the minimum standards for vehicle safety equipment and crash testing.
Before these vehicles can be registered and operated in Saskatchewan, they must:
- comply with provincial equipment requirements
- pass a vehicle inspection
After the vehicle has passed inspection, it can be registered and operated.
During the inspection, technicians will check to ensure the right-hand drive vehicle meets the following equipment requirements:
|Equipment requirements||If the requirement isn't met, the following must be done before the vehicle can be licensed:|
|Tires must meet North American standards; either CMVSS or Department of Transportation (DOT) standards.||Install tires that meet North American standards.|
|Required seat belts and shoulder belts must be present:
||Install seat and shoulder belts in accordance with the vehicle manufacturer's instructions.|
||Install automotive glass approved for use in North America.|
|Headlamps must meet the Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (CMVSS) - i.e. DOT or Economic Commission of Europe (ECE) compliant - and be aimed for driving on the right side of the road.||Replace the headlamps with DOT or ECE compliant headlamps designed for use on North American roadways.|
|Catalytic converters must be present.||Although not part of the inspection requirement in Saskatchewan, vehicles without catalytic converters may be prohibited from operating in some jurisdictions.|
|Neutral safety switches must be present on vehicles with an automatic transmission.||Install a neutral safety switch in accordance with the vehicle manufacturer's instructions.|
|Vehicles manufactured after December 1989 must have daytime running lamps.||Install daytime running lamps that operate continuously when the vehicle is in motion when the headlamp switch is in the off position.|
|Centre high mounted stop lamp must be installed and operational on all cars manufactured after January 1987.||Install a centre high mounted stop lamp.|
|Vehicles manufactured after January 1971 must have side marker lamps and reflectors (amber at front side and red at rear side).||Install front and rear side marker lamps and reflectors.|
|Wheel alignment must be set or adjusted for driving on right side of road with road crown on driver's left.||Adjust wheel alignment angles as necessary to bring them within the manufacturers specified tolerances.|
|Lamps and lenses must meet Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) or DOT standards as per CMVSS:
||Install proper lamps and/or reflectors.|
|Vehicles must be equipped with either a right and left exterior mirror or an interior mirror and left exterior mirror.||
Contact SGI's Vehicle Standards and Inspection at 775-6188 in Regina or toll free 1-800-667-8015 extension 6188.
You do not need to pass a special driver's test or have a special driver's licence to operate a right-hand drive vehicle. Drivers with a licence of Class 5 or higher are eligible to drive right-hand drive vehicles.
Drivers with a Class 7 licence (learner or novice stage) are permitted to operate right-hand drive vehicles with appropriate supervision. However, its not recommended because of the safety concerns.
The main safety issue facing right-hand drive vehicles is limited visibility when:
- Passing another vehicle
- When you're sitting in the right side seat, you have to move your vehicle far to the left to check for oncoming vehicles. Since this can be very dangerous, make sure to leave considerable distance between your vehicle and the vehicle you're passing.
- Leaving a parking position and entering the roadway
- When you're sitting in the right side seat, your view of oncoming traffic travelling in the same direction is blocked by the adjacent vehicle. Since this can increase your risk of a collision, use extra caution when pulling out of a parking spot.
775-6188 in Regina
1-800-667-8015 ext. 6188