Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Transport Canada Announcement of 15 Passenger Safety Review, June 25, 2010

One month after we travelled to Ottawa to see Member of Parliament, Yvon Godin (Bathurst) introduce Bill-C522, a bill to prohibit 15-passenger vans for student use, the Federal Minister of Transport, John Baird, announced that Transport Canada would review the safety of vans used for student transportation. At the same time, the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators (CCMTA) was tasked with developing a "national approach" to student and small group transportation. Here is the press release as it appeared on the Transport Canada website on June 25, 2010. We were never informed of this important development and only discovered it by chance some time later in July.

Government of Canada Launches a Safety Review of Vans Used for Student Transportation

No. H081/10
For release - June 25, 2010

OTTAWA — Canada’s Transport Minister John Baird today announced a review of the safety standards applicable to 15-passenger vans, a move that will increase awareness of passenger safety among school board authorities.
“Extracurricular school activities are part of the fabric of Canadian society, and the Government of Canada is taking an important step today to improve the safety of field and sports trips across the country,” said Baird. “By launching this review, we can determine the best safety options for students during their trips and help to prevent tragedies on our roads.”
This safety review will include:

  • consultation with provincial and territorial governments;
  • an assessment of the safety and stability of extracurricular activity vehicles, including 15-passenger vans and another category called multi-function activity buses; and
  • brake testing and testing to determine the vehicle rollover threshold.
As part of the consultation, the Government of Canada will seek input from provinces and territories on improving 15-passenger van safety. The issue will be discussed at the Council of Ministers meeting in September 2010 in Halifax, which will bring together the provincial, territorial and federal governments.
The provinces and territories, which share in the responsibility for road safety, regulate the use of vehicles used within their jurisdictions for school and sports activities.
Upon completion of the review, Transport Canada will undertake a safety awareness campaign to heighten knowledge of the safe use of 15-passenger vans.
Transport Canada will continue to work with its provincial and territorial partners, and manufacturers, along with New Brunswick Member of Parliament Yvon Godin who has proposed legislation on the issue, to improve the safety of all vehicles in Canada.

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James Kusie
Director of Issues Management and
Parliamentary Affairs
Office of Canada's Transport Minister
John Baird, Ottawa

Media Relations
Transport Canada, Ottawa

See original article on Transport Canada website at