An Act to amend the Motor Vehicle Safety Act (electronic stability control)

This bill was last introduced in the 39th Parliament, 2nd Session, which ended in September 2008.

Sponsor

Joe Volpe  Liberal

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

Status

Not active, as of Nov. 20, 2007
(This bill did not become law.)

Summary

This is from the published bill. The Library of Parliament often publishes better independent summaries.

This enactment amends the Motor Vehicle Safety Act to provide that every vehicle weighing less than 4 536 kilograms sold in Canada or imported into Canada is to be equipped with an electronic stability control (ESC) system.

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Motor Vehicle Safety ActRoutine Proceedings

November 20th, 2007 / 10:15 a.m.
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Liberal

Joe Volpe Liberal Eglinton—Lawrence, ON

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-481, An Act to amend the Motor Vehicle Safety Act (electronic stability control).

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour of introducing a bill today entitled an act to amend the Motor Vehicle Safety Act, or ESC for short. I thank my seconder for the support.

If adopted, this bill would amend the Motor Vehicle Safety Act to provide that every vehicle weighing less than 4,536 kilograms sold in Canada or imported into Canada is to be equipped with an electronic stability control system. ESC is a safety technology designed to enhance a vehicle's stability, and to prevent loss of control and rollovers in all driving conditions.

According to a comprehensive 2001 Canadian government study, there were 2,778 motor vehicle deaths and 24,403 hospital admissions as a result of motor vehicle collisions. Estimates from Transport Canada in 2005 indicated that at least 255 fewer deaths would have resulted and 1,440 fewer hospital admissions as well if all of the vehicles had been equipped with ESC systems.

We need to be serious about applying modern technology to safety issues on our roads. ESC is a step in that direction.

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