Originally Posted by Cathy
My guess is that they did not know the law and/or told you what they thought you wanted to hear.
A conspiracy amongst Canadian government bodies who write the laws, to try to trick me into getting fined maybe.
If it just one, I could see. But not every one. Plus the Canadian government too. My guess is that it is the Canadian Propane Association somehow got something mixed up somewhere.
The wording of my questions to them was "I was wondering what the regulation (law) is regarding propane on recreational vehicles, and if it was permissible or not to operate the refrigerator
on propane while in transit."
Here are a few of the replies to my query. They list the name and contact info f anyone cares to double check. These were was from 3 years ago. It sure is nice to see public employees eager to answer questions from the public.
Good Morning Jim:
Prince Edward Island subscribes to the Federal Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act and Regulations.
To address your question, recreational vehicles can operate on the highway with the propane valve open (fridge operating), with the exception being while on a car ferry. While on a car ferry, the propane valve must be in the closed position.
Hope this answers your question.
Highway Safety Division
Department of Transportation
and Infrastructure Renewal
I contacted the Federal Dangerous Goods office and they told me that Section 1.27(d) applies to your situation
1.27 Operation of a Means of Transport or a Means of Containment Exemption
(1) These Regulations do not apply to dangerous goods on a means of transport that are required for
(a) the propulsion of the means of transport and that are
(i) intended to remain on the means of transport until used, and
(ii) contained in a fuel tank permanently installed on the means of transport;
(b) the safety of individuals on board the means of transport;
(c) the operation or safety of the means of transport including, while installed in the means of transport and used or likely to be used
for purposes related to transport, air bags, air brakes
, shock absorbers or fire extinguishers; or
(d) ventilation, refrigeration or heating units that are necessary to maintain environmental conditions within a means of
containment in transport on the means of transport and are intended
to remain with the units or on the means of transport until used.
As for using the propane while traveling, we can't find anything in legislation that says that you can't have the refrigerator
operating on propane while traveling. Normally you would switch the fridge
over to electric / battery
power before moving.
If you have any more questions, please let me know
Annette O'Neill, Investigator
Transport Compliance Branch
Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure
(306) 933 - 5381 Phone
(306) 933 - 5276 Fax
Your day may not be good, but there is something good in everyday that you can look for
Thanks for your question regarding use of propane while driving RV's. It is permissible to operate a propane refrigerator
in an RV while in transit.
Executive Assistant to Minister Archie Lang
Minister of Community Services
Minister of Highways and Public Works
867 667-8643 phone
867 393-7400 fax