TORONTO – Toronto NDP MP and transport critic Olivia Chow is once again calling on the federal government to make side guards mandatory on heavy trucks in Canada.
Chow said she wants Bill C-344 — currently a private member’s bill — to be become law in order to safe lives.
Chow’s bill has the support of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and Ulrich Hartmann’s family. Hartmann was the cyclist who died after being hit by a cement truck in Toronto in 2006.
“My family and I believe that side guards might have saved my husband Ulrich’s life and hope that one day in the near future trucking companies will come to consider side guards as standard equipment,” Hartmann’s wife, Karen, said.
Chow says North America is a little behind the times on installing side guards.
“It’s been done all over Europe. In fact, I was in China and it’s done all over Asia,” Chow said.
Shu-Pak Equipment — a Cambridge, Ont.-based company — announced it will voluntarily install side guards on all its new trucks, even though it’s not yet law.
Ontario’s chief coroner also recently recommended that the federal government implement similar legislation.