June 10, 2016

Installation of Truck Sideguards (The Jessica Campaign)

WHEREAS, In 2005, a young Montrealer, Jessica Holman-Price, died in Westmount following an
accident involving a snow removal truck; and

WHEREAS, In her memory, the family of the young girl launched the Jessica Campaign of which
one of the objectives is to increase road safety by installing, among other things, lateral protection
devices for heavy vehicles; and

WHEREAS, The borough council of Saint-Laurent adopted on May 1, 2012, resolution CA12 080334 to provide lateral protection devices for each eligible vehicle in its fleet and conduct a national
awareness campaign aimed at municipal, provincial and federal authorities and associations concerned with transport and road safety; and

WHEREAS, The borough council of Saint-Laurent adopted on June 5, 2012, resolution CA12
080493 asking the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) to make representations to Transport Canada and the Government of Canada to make changes to the Motor Vehicle Safety Act and to enact legislation requiring commercial and publicly owned heavy duty vehicles and the trailers purchased, sold and circulating within Canada be equipped with lateral protection devices; and

WHEREAS, The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) passed resolution MIT08.3.07 in 2009 to follow up on a proposal from the City of St. John’s, Newfoundland, and by subsequently urging the
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities of the Government of Canada to implement the European standard for lateral protection devices on heavy vehicles; and

WHEREAS, The Minister of Transport of Canada confirmed in 2009, in reply to the FCM, that
Transport Canada had asked the National Research Council to assess the possibility of requiring lateral protection devices on heavy vehicles and trailers circulating in urban environments in Canada; and

WHEREAS, A study, conducted since 2009 by the Transportation Association of Canada in
cooperation with Transport Canada, identified lateral protection devices as countermeasures that could improve the safety of heavy commercial vehicles and that of vulnerable road users; and

WHEREAS, The Office of the Chief Coroner for Ontario conducted a review of all deaths from
bicycle accidents that occurred in the province between January 1st, 2006 and December 31, 2010, which enabled him to make 14 recommendations, including the addition of lateral protection devices; and

WHEREAS, The City of Montreal adopted on June 17, 2013, resolution CM13 0629 asking the
governments of Canada and Quebec to enact legislation to improve heavy vehicles safety through mandatory installation of lateral protection devices and other means identified through the study carried out by the Transportation Association of Canada in 2009, and asked the boroughs and the City of Montreal’s central services to enforce such measures within 5 years; and

WHEREAS, According to the report of Coroner Paul G. Dionne into the death of a cyclist, Mathilde Blais, on April 28, 2014, a side-skirt installed on the trailer would have prevented the cyclist from sliding under the wheels the trailer, thereby avoiding the fatal outcome; andWHEREAS, According to the report of Coroner Jean Brochu into the death of a cyclist, Aoudia Salim, on November 27, 2014, a side-skirt installed on the trailer would have prevented the cyclist from sliding under the wheels the trailer, thereby avoiding the fatal outcome; and

WHEREAS, Many Canadians have died in accidents involving heavy vehicles with no lateral
protection devices; and for these reasons therefore be it

RESOLVED, That the Federation of Canadian Municipalities make representations to Transport
Canada to change the Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations in order to require the installation of sideguard safety equipment on all heavy vehicles used primarily on urban streets.

Saint-Laurent, Montreal, QC