Canada’s lighting regulators are busily working to update and improve Canada Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 108, which governs the installation and specifications of all lights and reflective devices on all new vehicles in that country.
The updates are aimed at harmonisation with the recently-rewritten US Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 108. Transport Canada are also trying to harmonise with analogous ECE regulations to the degree practically permitted by Canada’s economic ties to the US, the world’s only major market still officially rejecting ECE vehicle regulations.
Daytime running lights are mandatory in Canada, and will soon be required by ECE Regulation 48; changes to the DRL provisions in CMVSS 108 will make it easier for automakers to implement the same DRL design for Europe and Canada.
CMVSS 108.1, which permits ECE-approved headlamps in Canada, was rewritten several years ago to align with the newest versions of the applicable ECE regulations.