We have seen for decades that sideguards can play an important role in making communities safer;
Over 800 Canadians die each year under the wheels of large vehicles. Sideguards have been proven to save lives in many other jurisdictions;
There have been many coroners' reports recommending sideguards as remedies to these avoidable tragedies. These reports have covered fatalities in Canada dating back to 1986 with the latest published this year;
The European Community has required sideguards for all heavy vehicles since 1989 and the United Kingdom for over 30 years;
Large US cities such as Boston, Chicago, Washington, Portland and New York have all made the proactive decision to put sideguards on their fleets of trucks, following the available research; and
Many jurisdictions across our country have already begun to require that all new purchases of heavy vehicles be pre-equipped with sideguards. Cities such as St. John's, Halifax, Westmount, Saint Laurent and Longueuil and the province of Newfoundland and Labrador have outfitted their government fleets.
We, the undersigned, Citizens of Canada, call upon the Minister of Transport to ensure that the next revision of the Motor Vehicle Safety Act includes a regulation update that ensures all trucks built in or imported to Canada are equipped with this proven lifesaving equipment by 2025 and that the Government of Canada take measures to install sideguards on all federal government vehicles where needed and is practicable within a reasonable period of time.
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