• Apr 7, 2010
According to the CBC, the Canadian province of Quebec is saying "No way, Jose" to importing right-hand drive cars for six months. Even though there are 3,000 RHD cars on the roads and none of them have been faulted for anything, the province's insurance board wants to investigate the safety of such vehicles. The official line is that "they don't always meet Transport Canada safety standards." Perhaps the genuine reason will be known soon, but we're guessing that safety nannies will point to their comparative danger when passing vehicles on single-lane roads.

For now, the board is going to consult accident reports and ask around before lifting the ban. No more Japanese gray imports for you Quebecois in the meantime.

[Source: CBC]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      As I mentionned earlier, I don't believe safety is the issue. It's money:

      Transport Canada:
      Since the year 2000, the number of vehicles over 15 years old imported into Canada has increased significantly, with annual levels of 16,000 to 17,000 vehicles. The cumulative total at the end of 2006 stood at over 73,000 vehicles.

      (www.tc.gc.ca/eng/roadsafety/safevehicles-importation-15yearrule-index-448.htm)

      Why would you buy a Hyundai Genesis Coupe Turbo for 25k, when you could buy a Supra TT, a GTR R32 and a RX7 FD3S for the same price in Québec?

      This is the product of lobying from the dealers and makers of LHD losing their market share. Of course, they won't say that. Safety first, right?

      On another note, someone mentionned earlier that it's illegal for québecois to turn right on a red light because we don't get the concept (or something in the likes of that). That's totally false. It's only illegal on the island of Montréal and other specificly defined areas. It's completely legal for the rest of the province. Just FYI.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Anyone know what kinda of car that is in the picture? I love the interior!
        • 4 Years Ago
        hey y'all I think you're wrong... that there's a ford gt
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think it's a Ford GT.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Ford GT
        It does look great!
        • 4 Years Ago
        I believe it's a Ford GT.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Wow I can't believe I didn't know that! I love the Ford GT!

        Thanks everyone....
        • 4 Years Ago
        I have an idea. Let's add like two more pages of more people confirming that this is in fact a Ford GT. Geez people.
        • 4 Years Ago
        That's a Ford GT converted to RHD.

        COOLEST CAR EVER
        • 4 Years Ago
        Actually, that interior would have been a great fit for the new Challenger - harkening back to the early '70s models while still being new, clean, and edgy. Oh, well. Yes, I miss my '72 'cuda. No I'm not buying a new heavyweight.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I believe that's a Ford GT. Didn't know they made a RHD version (although the pic could just be flipped).
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yup, it's been since last July if I recall correctly. Now it looks like they are extending it.

      As for the Quebec identity, that also is spot on. Something to do with people that never got over the fact that English is still present and spoken in 2010.

      Besides, Federal laws prevent any canadians(and Quebec residents for that matter) to import a car that is less than 15 years of age.

      • 4 Years Ago
      paul34 Is right. The goal is to make, access to sports car harder for the young. No 18 year olds should have access to a 200hp car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Holy crap, Autoblog.

      You guys are so late on this one. This is the SECOND 180 day ban. The cars that have already been registered and plated before the first ban are still legal and running.

      The main reason why there is a ban isn't a safety issue at all. The first ban was backed with statistics done in British Columbia, which is irrelevant. The reason for the ban is pure lobying pressure from the car dealers and makers because the RHD import scene in Québec is huge and the LHD dealers/makers are losing money out of it.

      The second ban occured back to back with the first one. I think the news article featured in this blog dates back from May 2009.

      For all the haters out there, I guess that just jealousy. Plenty of skylines, supras, etc roaming our streets... and besides it's not worth dissing the Québecois, they might not even be able to read your "opinion".... vous parlez français? ah bein calice!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Correlation is not causation! Punk kids drive RHD and wreck them. When you ban RHD cars, then the same punk kids will wreck LHD cars instead. This isn't rocket science.
        • 4 Years Ago
        *DING DING DING*

        He gets it in one! Too bad the government is too stupid to figure it out too.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yo Galt:
      I was educated in Canada and moved to US for college, and stayed here, you know....like most people who really want to succeed (ehm...Gretzky, Fox, Atwood, Jennings, Foster, etc)...that's right, the truth hurts, huh? Amazing how those people (and me) want to live with the stupid US rednecks? Who's the dumb one now? You sounded bitter...probably because your IQ precluded you from being granted a green card.
      Most people in the world know about the US and its politics because, yea...we mattered!

      In my years living in Canada, I never once ran into a fascist nationalistic douche like you. Go back to your corner and STFU. You are making a mockery of a beautiful country and wonderful people of Canada.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Americas hat, If it weren't for US you would of been invaded and taken over years a go..

      Like light beer, Canada is like "America light",, Less of everything
      • 4 Years Ago
      Glad I dont live in Quebec and aslong as Ontario dosnt opt for the same rule I should be able to enjoy a R32 skyline this summer aswell as my buddys RHD MR2 turbo.
      • 4 Years Ago
      actually, that law have been in place for 11 months now... so that's quite an old news!
      • 4 Years Ago
      RHD cars can be and issue in an LHD country and vice versa.

      Honestly I don't think 3000 cars would make a difference on the safety issue, those cars are vastly collectors item and well taken care of. So I think the debate is well kinda ridiculous.

      I live between Ireland (RHD country) and France (LHD) and have 1 RHD and 3 LHD cars. In Ireland there has been a massive immigration, especially from eastern europe (Poland, Baltic countries) and we can see here plenty of LHD cars (cars are expensive to register/tax in Ireland so they drive illegally) and accidents stats are not very good.

      I've done my share of driving LHD cars in RHD countries and vice-versa, and in some situations it can be dangerous (visibility reasons especially). In Ireland, you can import pretty much anything (I bought here a LHD Renault from ... Japan, yes yes you read well), but if you insure a LHD car in Ireland, you'll have to pay an extra 25% on your premium, and that sums it all.

      For the rest I guess guys from Quebec are showing off the French part of their culture : Debating, assessing and arguing about pretty much anything :)
        • 4 Years Ago
        You wrote:
        For the rest I guess guys from Quebec are showing off the French part of their culture : Debating, assessing and arguing about pretty much anything :)

        You should have written

        For the rest, I guess guys from provinces other than Québec and Americans are showing an interesting part of their culture. Debating, assessing, and arguing pretty much anything based on outdated stereotypes and prejudices about Québec and Canada.
      • 4 Years Ago
      first...I prefer right hand drive cars to left. the only problem I see with cars are the idiots who drive them like there is no tomorrow (either right or left). Second the insurance companies will fine anyway to squeeze life out of you. Third, before someone cries foul the government will run for cover to the easiest route.
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