Olivia Chow Re-Introduces Measure in Parliament to Make Sideguards Mandatory
November 14, 2011
OTTAWA – NDP Transport Critic Chow is pushing for mandatory sideguards on heavy trucks in Canada – a protective barrier that prevents pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists from being crushed by the rear wheel of trucks.
The device has been in place in jurisdictions like Japan and the European Union for years, contributing to reduced traffic fatalities. It’s time for Canada to act and put the safety measure in place, Olivia Chow argued upon tabling of Bill C-344.
Ms. Olivia Chow (Trinity—Spadina, NDP) moved for leave to introduce Bill C-344, An Act to amend the Motor Vehicle Safety Act (side guards):
Mr. Speaker, I rise today to move the cyclists-pedestrian protection act that would help prevent senseless deaths by being pulled under the back wheels of large trucks. The bill calls for the mandatory installation of side guards on trucks. It is a safety measure used in many other nations.The bill is too late for Jenna Morrison, a pregnant mom who was tragically killed while riding her bicycle in Toronto last week, but it is not too late for the ones she left behind. It is not too late for Lucas, her five-year-old son.Other countries have acted. In Britain and Europe, these truck guards are mandatory and lives have been saved. Cyclist deaths have been reduced. We have tried to pass this bill before in the House, but failed.In Toronto tonight, the family and friends of Jenna Morrison will grieve for her in a memorial service. The bill would give them reason to hope that this tragic loss would help to protect others. Let us proceed with this bill in Jenna Morrison’s memory.
(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)
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