An Act to amend the Criminal Code and respecting the Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations (student transport)

This bill was last introduced in the 40th Parliament, 3rd Session, which ended in March 2011.

Sponsor

Yvon Godin  NDP

Introduced as a private member’s bill. (These don’t often become law.)

Status

Introduced, as of May 27, 2010
(This bill did not become law.)

Summary

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This enactment amends the Criminal Code to make it an offence to transport students in a motor vehicle with a designated seating capacity of more than 10 and fewer than 17 persons unless the motor vehicle conforms to certain standards or is prescribed by regulation. This amendment is intended to prohibit the transportation of students in vehicles commonly known as 15-passenger vans.

This enactment also requires the Governor in Council to make certain amendments to the Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations to limit the sale, importation and inter-provincial shipment of 15-passenger vans that are configured to transport more than one passenger.

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Criminal Code
Routine Proceedings

May 27th, 2010 / 3:15 p.m.
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NDP

Yvon Godin Acadie—Bathurst, NB

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-522, An Act to amend the Criminal Code and respecting the Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations (student transport).

Mr. Speaker, today I am pleased to introduce my Boys in Red bill. The purpose of the bill is to prohibit the transportation of students in vehicles commonly known as 15-passenger vans. This enactment also requires the Governor in Council to make certain amendments to the Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations to limit the sale, importation and inter-provincial shipment of 15-passenger vans that are configured to transport more than one passenger.

I named this the Boys in Red bill in memory of the seven members of the Bathurst High School basketball team and their adult chaperone, who were travelling in a 15-passenger van and lost their lives in a road accident near Bathurst, New Brunswick in January 2008.

At this time, I would like to recognize Isabelle Hains, the mother of one of the students, who is on the Hill to see this bill introduced. Her work, along with the work of Mrs. Kelly and Mrs. Acevedo, two other mothers who lost their sons in the tragic Bathurst accident, has helped to ban these 15-passenger vans in New Brunswick.

This continues on. In British Columbia, another young man lost his life. These vans have been abolished in the United States.

I hope that I will receive the support of members of the House for my bill.

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)