In order to increase pedestrian and cyclist safety, NDP MP Olivia Chow introduced a bill mandating the use of side guards on heavy trucks. It is the third time she has proposed the legislation.
Trucks have been equipped with side guards in Europe since the late 80s, and studies show that they prevent cyclist and pedestrian injuries.
Chow, the NDP transportation critic, says that road safety would be increased, as side guards would prevent cyclists and pedestrians from being trapped between a truck’s wheels if they are hit.
Chow re-introduced the bill in memory of Toronto cyclist Jenna Morrison, who was killed last week after being hit by a truck while cycling.
The Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) has issued a response opposing the bill, stating that there is no evidence side guards would increase safety. The CTA states that they have “worked with cycling advocates to improve road safety and awareness of sharing the road with trucks.”