Thursday, February 10, 2011

Passengers Vans are Weapons on Wheels

A police officer investigates the scene of a crash involving a school bus and a van that left five people dead and several others seriously injured in St. George de Bethtierville, Quebec on Tuesday, February 9, 2011. (Ryan Remiorz / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

The accident in Quebec yesterday is a tragic reminder that passenger vans - both 15 and 12 seaters - should never be used to transport human beings.

Ironically, and to our great sorrow, it has taken the deaths of five more victims to bring this issue to the attention of politicians across Canada.

Two vehicles - one that we want our children in - the Yellow School Bus - and the other that we don't want our children in, a passenger van, a death trap on wheels that should be banned for transporting children across Canada.

There is another vehicle that can be used: it's a D270 CSA Approved Multi Function Activity Bus that is made with the same child protection and safety engineering features as a yellow school bus. It's time parents starting demanding that their children be transported in the safest vehicle possible because 12 and 15 passenger vans are weapons on wheels.