Ottawa, Ontario – The Canadian government will review the safety standard applicable to 15-passenger vans, with the intent to 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 Transport Minister John 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.”
The review will include consultation with provincial and territorial governments, an assessment of the safety and stability of 15-passenger and multi-function activity buses, and brake testing and vehicle rollover threshold testing. Upon completion of the review, Transport Canada will undertake a safety awareness campaign to heighten knowledge of the safe use of the vans.
In January 2008, a crash in New Brunswick between a 15-passenger van and a tractor-trailer resulted in the deaths of seven students and a teacher.