A petition to the House of Commons:
- Sideguards on trucks were made mandatory in the UK in 1986 and the European Union in 1989, resulting in a 61% drop of cyclists deaths in the UK, and a 20% drop in pedestrian fatalities in Germany;
- Large trucks are involved in approximately 20% of all cycling fatalities in Canada;
- The Chief Coroner for Ontario's 2012 reports into the deaths of cyclists and pedestrians recommended that Transport Canada make sideguards mandatory for heavy trucks;
- Flush-mount sideguards for trucks reduce fuel consumption by 9% through improved aerodynamics, leading to a payback period of less than 3 years.
THEREFORE, we call upon the government of Canada to introduce a regulation under the Motor Vehicle Safety Act requiring aerodynamic sideguards for trucks and trailers to prevent cyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians from being pulled under the wheels of these vehicles.