• Sep 19, 2009
When it comes to cars, they do things a bit differently in Canada. While our neighbor to the north has long been considered more progressive than the U.S., it was the United States that introduced pollution controls, and until recently, Canada never actually had any rules requiring them. The same goes for fuel efficiency standards. A couple of years ago, the government of Ontario passed a law that could result in automatic confiscation of your car if you exceeded a speed limit by more than 50 km/h (31 mph). This was done to attack the problem of street racing.
Member of parliament Jim Karygiannis apparently wants to make sure no one gets their car confiscated by making it impossible to drive that fast. Back in February, Karygiannis introduced a bill that, if passed, would make it illegal to sell, import, build or even loan a vehicle to someone unless said ride is fitted with a speed limiter restricting its maximum velocity to no more than 150 km/h, or 93 mph. So far, the bill has not proceeded past first reading, and it hasn't even gone to committee -- good news for Canadian drivers, to be sure. Frankly, there doesn't appear to be any widespread support for Jim Karygiannis's meddlesome legislation. Karygiannis actually introduced a similar bill during the previous parliamentary session, but that one never got past first reading, either. Maybe he should have taken the hint back then. Thanks to Steve for the tip!

[Source: Parliament of Canada]



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      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't know where I would drive at 93mph.
      The highways around here have a 65mph speed limit.
      • 5 Years Ago
      There are speed restrictions in other parts of the world..... 155mph electrically governed..... also what need do any LAW abiding citizens have to go over lets say 100mph on ANY public road??
      • 5 Years Ago
      I predict Jim Karygiannis getting hit by a car at 93.1mph
      • 5 Years Ago
      Okay. It appears that Canada is following the US into the asshat abyss...

      Cars don't kill people, people kill people.

      We could eliminate 100% of all automobile accidents if we simply stopped issuing driving licenses and criminalized the act of actually driving a wheeled vehicle, except perhaps at government sanctioned "car museums."

      You know, if it saves just one life!

      The idiocracy is real and it's here, now! Beware!
      • 5 Years Ago
      @#$% C O M M U N I S T !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      Derek
      • 5 Years Ago
      The arguments based on what I "need" or "don't need" are the ones that scare me the most. Why don't I just give away all my freedoms and let the government decide it all?

      What I support (and really wish we had here in the states) are two things - better (tougher) driver education and a class licensing system.

      I heard someone say it like this once - you don't make a doctor any safer by dulling his scalpel, you teach him how to use it properly.
      • 5 Years Ago
      What if I am at a track?

      That's pathetic.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Give me a brake, that's another way to make people feel like lab mice. Jim Karygiannis should go shoot himself.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah I know that feature exists on the GT-R. But for one thing, those are only for pre-programmed and known tracks (Ie., if a new track was built, or at some private property that's not a known track) then you'll be limited to a pathetic little 150km/h which even a Honda Fit can reach without much problems.

        Plus not every car is equipped with a GPS.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ PercyPricksworth

        Except this has nothing to do with ecofacism and everything to do with safety.
        • 5 Years Ago
        So add another $1500 to every car in addition to the useless TPMS and immobilizer system. Insurance companies really do run government.
        • 5 Years Ago
        This could be done like in the Nissan GT-R sold in Japan which deactivates the speed lock based on your GPS position when you enter a track. It ist usually limited to ~100MpH on regular roads. I fear the day when eco fascists have their say in Germany.

        Besides that this member of parliament seems to have a very swiss angst of speed - depite his greek name.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I live in Canada and I think this is a very good idea. Speed kills and many people don't get that. I couldn't care less if speeding drivers get themselves killed, but in reality they lose control, hit other cars, and kill innocent bystanders.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Life kills so stop living.
        • 5 Years Ago
        So I see many here generally don't agree with this bill... For those who don't agree, why? Do you actually drive over 150 km/h? Do you think it is a good idea to do that? If you don't drive over 150 km/h, then what's the beef? It won't affect you and it might save someone else's life. @ij70 we are not trying to ban everything that can cause death. This is an exercise of risk management and formulating good public policy. In my opinion, limiting the top speed to 150 km/h, or even 120 km/h, constitutes good risk management and public policy on the government's part. Vehicles in general are not designed to adequately protect their occupants at speeds greater than 80 km/h, let alone over 150 km/h.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Your kinda taking all the fun out of driving. Our family has a point system based on the speed or potential speed and agility of the pedestrian.
        • 5 Years Ago
        When I take my (otherwise road legal) vehicle to Shanonville or Mosport, I certainly exceed 150 km/h. If I take my road legal vehicle to Texas, on the roads, 150 km/h would be barely above the posted speed limit on some roads.

        But the main reason for opposing this, is that it is simply NOT NECESSARY. Despite the hype and media attention, collisions that actually involve such high speeds are exceedingly rare, and if there is such a collision, it's questionable whether going 150 km/h or whatever somewhat higher speed would have made a difference.

        A large majority of fatalities happen in city traffic or suburban roads ... because of errors made at intersections, NOT exceedingly high speeds. The roads that have the highest speed limits, and the highest speeds, are motorways - and they have the best safety records. So why do this? It isn't necessary and won't make a difference to the situations that have the most fatalities, so why do it?

        We already have laws about speeding!

        If this clown wants to make a difference ... how about requiring that every motor vehicle be fitted with a cell phone and blackberry jammer, because that's the biggest problem that I see. And maybe require periodic driver re-testing to make sure people actually know and understand the right-of-way rules.
        • 5 Years Ago
        No, speed doesn't kill. Poor drivers with poor driving skills/habits in poor locations with poor decisions kill. The amount of death rates on the Autobahn is no higher than an average speed restricted highway.

        Not that I am recommending any of the following: But going like 180km/h on a highway is much safer than going 150km/h (the speed limiter) on city streets.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Have I gone faster than 200 km/hr in my car? Yes. Have I killed or even endangered anyone else in doing so? No. Using your logic, what's the point of even selling anything with more than 100hp? Do you support abolishing all Porsche and Ferrari dealerships since they clearly don't have a slow-mobile in their inventory to sell you?
        • 5 Years Ago
        I have to agree. As much as i love cars and love freedom to act responsibly, i fear the idiots out there that often drive well in excess of the speed limit. There is never a need to go more than 80. These idiots kill themselves and others, like a recent incident in my neighborhood where the driver couldnt stop in time for the red light and killed the mom of 2 kids who had the right of way. Kids were in the car too.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Driver training is the key to preventing death on canadian road not over regulation
      • 5 Years Ago
      login test - sorry
      • 5 Years Ago
      But all the idiots will still be on the roads tailgating, yapping on cell phone, texting, running through cross walks, going over sidewalks.........but hey ONLY SPEED causes accidents. What a d bag.
      • 5 Years Ago
      While I don't necessarily agree with speed limiters, why does one need to go 90+mph anyway? A race car is different and is built for the race track. But an every day vehicle that gets you from point A to point B doesn't need to go fast. Besides, if you was in that big of a hurry you should have left yesterday.
        • 5 Years Ago
        My every day vehicle is also my race car. Did I just blow your mind?
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