Bill C-344 is Private Member’s Bill (PMB) that was introduced in the House of Commons in the fall of 2011 by Olivia Chow, MP, Trinity-Spadina, to amend the Motor Vehicle Safety Act. The bill would make sideguards mandatory on heavy trucks.
Bill C-344 has passed first reading which means that it has been introduced in the House of Commons and has been printed and distributed. Bill C-344 was introduced by Olivia Chow, MP, Trinity-Spadina in the fall of 2011. It says:
“Whereas, in order to increase road safety, it is necessary to require side guards on all vehicles in higher weight categories in order to prevent unprotected road users, namely, pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists, from being pulled under the wheels of these vehicles;
Now, therefore, Her Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate and House of Commons of Canada, enacts as follows:
MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY ACT
1993, ch. 16
1. Subsection 5(1) of the Motor Vehicle Safety Act is amended by striking out “and” at the end of paragraph (g), by adding “and” at the end of paragraph (h) and by adding the following after paragraph (h):
(i) in the case of a vehicle in a higher weight category, it is equipped with side guards in accordance with the regulations.
2. Schedule I to the Act is amended by adding the following in numerical order:
3. Side guards”
Private Members’ Bills are sponsored and introduced in the House by a Member of Parliament (other than a Minister or Parliamentary Secretary). They are drafted by the legislative parliamentary counsel of the House of Commons according to instructions received from the Member.
All bills must pass three readings in the House of Commons and again in the Senate before receiving Royal Assent from the Governor General and becoming law. The purpose of first reading is to introduce the bill in the House of Commons and have it printed and distributed. At second reading, the bill is debated for the first time. A vote in favour of the bill at second reading means that the House approves the bill in principle. A bill is usually referred to a committee after second reading for detailed examination, but it may in some cases be referred to committee prior to second reading. If adopted at third reading, the bill is sent to the Senate, where it goes through a similar process. Once the bill has passed all three readings in both Houses, it is given Royal Assent and becomes law.
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