rgc97 wrote: ↑Transport Canada is proposing an amendment to immobilizer regulations, which will allow US vehicles with an electronic immobilizer to come into Canada. This will clear things up for many people, and take away the ploy used by several manufacturers to prevent us from bringing in vehicles.
See: http://canadagazette.gc.ca/partI/2007/2 ... e14-e.html
It's important, during the 15 day review period, to have as many RFDers as possible endorse this proposed change.
WHAT TO DO
e-mail your comment to: email@example.com <firstname.lastname@example.org>
E-Mail heading: RE: Regulations Amending the Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations (Importation of Vehicles — Section 12); Canada Gazette, Vol. 141, No. 48 — December 1, 2007
As a Canadian taxpayer, and recent importer of a US purchased vehicle, I strongly support these proposed changes. I want to thank Transport Canada for a fair and thorough analysis of the situation, and the proposal of an excellent solution.
I remain concerned that manufacturers will continue to try to thwart the right of Canadians to 'vote with their wallets'. If manufacturers would adjust their Canadian prices to more closely align with US prices, there would be no need for Canadians to go south for their vehicle purchase.
It is unfortunate (and to me, unethical) that manufacturers are using the current immobilizer regulations to prevent the importation of many popular vehicles, at typical savings of ten to twenty thousand dollars. Transport Canada could not have anticipated this when the original regulations were drafted, and then brought into law. The proposed changes will correct this embarrassing situation.
I look forward to the registration of these regulations, and the return to fairer trade in vehicles.
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rgc97 - Great point and great letter. I made a copy and sent it off two minutes ago. Thanks.
As GCCG commented in post #10261, I also think it's time to find the decision makers responsible for ripping us off so aggressively & for so long in plain view of our government regulatory bodies. We still have work to do. Hopefully the Competition Bureau won't be too occupied with red herrings -er, chocolatiers- to investigate the scandal that puts chocolate price fixing to shame in terms of scope and damage.
Congrats everyone! It sounds like we've got the attention of someone in charge. Thanks to MM too!