Petition Closed
Petitioning Ontario Minister of Transport Hon. Bob Chiarelli

Amend the Highway Traffic Act to require life-saving sideguards on trucks.

1. Side guards are a legal requirement in the U.K. and in Europe to reduce injuries to pedestrians and cyclists;
2. Large trucks are involved in the death of approximately 20% of all cyclist fatalities in Canada;
3. The Ontario Government's responsibility is to set standards for vehicles that operate on our roads;
4. The Coroner's report of 1998 into the death of Toronto cyclists (1986-1998) found that large vehicles were involved in 37 per cent of collisions resulting in cyclist fatalities (compared with only eight per cent of collisions resulting in cyclist injuries); and therefore recommended that Transport Canada investigate the feasibility of requiring large trucks to have side guards. (Recommendations for reducing cycling injuries and death Prepared by: W. J. Lucas, M.D., C.C.F.P. Regional Coroner for Toronto July 1, 1998)

Letter to
Ontario Minister of Transport Hon. Bob Chiarelli
I just signed the following petition addressed to Hon. Bob Chiarelli, Ontario Minister of Transport.

Ontario's roads would be safer for cyclists and pedestrians if trucks were required to have sideguards. Please make this change to the Highway.

1. Side guards are a legal requirement in the U.K. and in Europe to reduce injuries to pedestrians and cyclists;
2. Large trucks are involved in the death of approximately 20% of all cyclist fatalities in Canada;
3. The Federal Government's responsibility is to set standards for vehicles manufactured or imported in to Canada;
4. The Coroner's report of 1998 into the death of Toronto cyclists (1986-1998) found that large vehicles were involved in 37 per cent of collisions resulting in cyclist fatalities (compared with only eight per cent of collisions resulting in cyclist injuries); and therefore recommended that Transport Canada investigate the feasibility of requiring large trucks to have side guards. (Recommendations for reducing cycling injuries and death Prepared by: W. J. Lucas, M.D., C.C.F.P. Regional Coroner for Toronto July 1, 1998)

Sincerely,