October 9, 2002

Transport Canada to require truck trailers to have “underride guards”

Ottawa, Ontario – Transport Minister David Collenette today announced a proposed amendment to the Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations that will require large trailers to be equipped with rear impact guards to prevent “rear underride.” This occurs when a small vehicle collides with and slides under the rear of a trailer, potentially causing fatal or serious injury to the occupant of the small vehicle.

Most trailers in Canada are already equipped with rear impact guards due to the requirements which already exist in some provinces and in the United States.

“Research has proven that this new guard may help save lives in the event of a collision,” said Mr. Collenette. “This proposed change is one more way Transport Canada is working to further enhance the safety of the public.”

The new regulations will apply to most newly manufactured trailers with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of 4,536 kg or more. (Some trailers are excluded, such as low-chassis trailers or trailers whose wheels or structure prevent or limit underride.)

The proposed Canadian regulation will provide for a stronger rear impact guard than current provincial and U.S requirements.

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