News Roundup: Canada’s ambitious combustion engine ban, a completely flooded new car lot, and more
Welcome to our round-up of the biggest breaking stories on Driving.ca from this past week. Get caught up and ready to get on with the weekend, because it’s hard keeping pace in a digital traffic jam. Here’s what you missed while you were away.
Canada announces future ban on all new-build combustion-engine cars
2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 RST 4×4 Fred Bottcher
This week the Trudeau government revived plans to completely eliminate the production of new-build gas and diesel cars by 2035.
It’s an ambitious goal, given that there isn’t really a solid blueprint that we’re supposed to follow — in fact, the entire announcement was incredibly vague — but it’s aligned with other eco-friendly nations committing to reducing emissions. Omar Alghabra, the minister of transport, explained that the government would be “expanding and strengthening” the existing incentive programs, but other than that it was crickets. So far, there are about 90,000 Canadians driving zero-emissions vehicles, and that’s thanks in part to a £600 million investment from the federal government, which offers drivers a £5,000 incentive.
Ontario now has a bunch of new driving laws you should know about
Lights and siren on, an Ottawa police cruiser vehicle races to a call. Mike Carroccetto / The Ottawa Citizen
A handful of new laws for motorists came into effect in Ontario this week under the newly-enacted Moving Ontarians More Safely (MOMS) Act.
The laws target dangerous driving as well as stunt driving, but also aims to protect cyclists, pedestrians and highway workers, as well as improve commercial truck safety. The fines for certain infractions have changed under the MOMS Act, too. Street racing charges have gone from having your license suspended for seven days to 30 days, and your vehicle could be impounded for two weeks versus the previous one-week summary sentence.
The new rules also aim to rein in the chaos of the province’s towing industry by requiring new driver certifications and setting standards for roadside assistance.
Stellantis plant floods, many vehicles submerged as Michigan’s wetness continues
Heavy rains caused floods across parts of Michigan last week, impacting the automotive industry by forcing shutdowns and, in the case of one Stellantis shipping yard, potentially ruining a whole lot full of new vehicles. The roofs of many new Jeeps and Dodges break the surface of the water in viral footage of the Stellantis Jefferson North Assembly Plant (JNAP). Company representatives confirm the flood and say the damage is being assessed, but vehicles may be destined for the scrap yard.
Man spots major Tesla flaw live on TikTok, but didn’t own the car
A TikToker who went viral for pulling what appeared to be a loose airbag module from the centre of a new Model S’ steering wheel has since admitted that the car he was gleefully ‘unboxing’ wasn’t even his. Apparently, he’d only let himself into it as it sat unlocked on the lot. You can read about the drama here and then watch the above “apology” to try to figure for yourself why this guy would pose like this and whether there’s more to the situation that he’s not telling us.
Late Rush drummer, Neil Peart’s ‘Silver Surfer’ cars for sale
Neil Peart had a penchant for both the automotive and music worlds, and when the artist passed away from cancer last January, he left behind an impressive collection of classic cars along with his amazing discography.
This week it was announced that seven of the vehicles from his ‘Silver Surfer’ collection – so named for their colour and the way they made their driver feel cruising the Cali coast — would be auctioned off.
Some of the silver stars include a 1963 Corvette “split-window” valued at around US£150,000, a 1964 Shelby Cobra 289 estimated to be worth around US£1 million, and a US£700,000 1964 Aston Martin DB5 finished in Silver Birch.
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