Garneau: Canada is making strong gains in road safety

Over the last decade, my department has developed regulations for safety measures such as electronic stability control, steering control systems, child restraints, headlights, occupant protection and electronic logging devices.

Police and paramedics at the scene of a traffic accident in Ottawa. Andrew Meade / Andrew Meade/ Ottawa Sun/ QMI Ag

The following is in response to the Feb.

27 article Experts call on Canada to make road safety a national priority[1]:

There are more drivers on Canadian roads than ever, but despite this increase in traffic, our roads are not less safe. In fact, Canada has made tremendous gains in reducing road fatalities and injuries over the last 40 years. In the last decade alone[2], fatalities on Canada’s roads decreased by 13 per cent, and serious injuries are down by 20 per cent.

To what do we owe this?

Certainly safer vehicles, better road infrastructure and better driver behaviour. In addition, our safer roads can be linked to better safety regulations and government collaboration, both at home and abroad. In Canada, Transport Canada is responsible for developing, implementing and enforcing these regulations.

Over the last decade, the department has developed regulations for safety measures such as electronic stability control, steering control systems, child restraints, headlights, occupant protection and electronic logging devices. More recently, in partnership with my provincial and territorial counterparts, I announced a new national standard for entry-level training for commercial truck drivers, which helps to ensure these drivers have the expertise and knowledge to safely operate their vehicles across Canada.

In February 2020, I also announced the next steps to strengthen school bus safety[3] in Canada, including camera technologies, extended stop-arms, and automatic emergency braking. We’re also moving forward on pilot tests of seatbelts on school buses in the District of Sudbury in Ontario, and in British Columbia.

To better protect pedestrians and cyclists who share the road with motorists, Transport Canada, together with provinces and territories, recently published Safety Measures for Cyclists and Pedestrians around Heavy Vehicles[4]and we’re working with all levels of government to act on the report’s findings.

The federal government also continues to collaborate with key partners toward Vision Zero[5] – a commitment set out in Canada’s Road Safety Strategy 2025[6] by federal, provincial and territorial ministers to work toward achieving zero fatalities and injuries[7] on Canada’s roads.

At the same time, we’re working with our international counterparts to harmonize vehicle technical and safety regulations.

In fact, Canada is demonstrating leadership by chairing several United Nations committees on global technical regulations on automated features and alternative energy vehicles. But while we’ve made significant progress on road safety, work remains. This is why Canada attended the United Nations Conference on Road Safety, which resulted in the Stockholm Declaration on road safety.

Canada strongly supports this declaration and through our own efforts on Vision Zero, we are well-placed to make our roads even safer.

Transport Canada continuously looks for ways to improve safety for all Canadian road users. This has been and will to continue to be a top priority for myself and the department.

Marc Garneau is the federal Minister of Transport. ALSO IN THE NEWS

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References

  1. ^ Experts call on Canada to make road safety a national priority (ottawacitizen.com)
  2. ^ the last decade alone (wwwapps2.tc.gc.ca)
  3. ^ strengthen school bus safety (comt.ca)
  4. ^ Safety Measures for Cyclists and Pedestrians around Heavy Vehicles (urldefense.com)
  5. ^ Vision Zero (visionzeronetwork.org)
  6. ^ Canada’s Road Safety Strategy 2025 (urldefense.com)
  7. ^ zero fatalities and injuries (roadsafetystrategy.ca)
  8. ^ Coronavirus could infect 35 to 70 per cent of Canadians, experts say (ottawacitizen.com)
  9. ^ Egan: Passenger says airplane stuck at gate for five hours, with no heat, water (ottawacitizen.com)
  10. ^ Nordic ambassadors: In our countries, gender equity is a fundamental value (ottawacitizen.com)
  11. ^ Finlay: A three-digit suicide prevention hotline can save lives.

    Shouldn’t Canada… (ottawacitizen.com)

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