The feds are reaping the early rewards for their decision to take a careful look at the use of 15-passenger vans for student transportation.
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Federal Transport Minister John Baird announced this week that the DOT will review the vans, and increase awareness of passenger safety among the school board authorities.
Isabelle Hains who became a leading safety advocate following the 2008 Boys in Red tragedy, called the announcement a "huge step forward."
Acadie-Bathurst MP, Yvon Godin, also deserves his share of the kudos for bringing forth a private members bill aimed at banning the vans for student travel nationally.
When the testing is said and done Transport Canada will undertake a safety awareness campaign to boost the knowledge of the safe use of the vans.
In addition to the study, Baird also announced that the issue of 15-passenger vans will be raised at the transport ministers' conference in Halifax in September.