Review of Bus Safety Issues - Summary of Transport Canada Bus Safety Programs
- Through the National Task Force on Road Safety Data, Transport Canada leads an ongoing effort to establish the best possible national statistics on bus safety.
- Transport Canada maintains the National Collision Data Base (NCDB) which replaces the Traffic Accident Information Database (TRAID) and includes information on bus collisions.
- Statistics Canada is, on behalf of Transport Canada, establishing the "Canadian Vehicle Survey" designed to improve vehicle exposure data by vehicle class, including bus.
- Transport Canada collision investigation teams investigate serious bus collisions as a priority.
Bus Safety - General
- Transport Canada develops and enforces Canada Motor Vehicle Safety Standards for new buses under the Motor Vehicle Safety Act.
- Through the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators, Transport Canada supports development and enforcement of the National Safety Code for Motor Carriers.
- Transport Canada reports on motor carrier safety under the federal Motor Vehicle Transport Act.
- Transport Canada defect investigators identify safety defects and take steps with manufacturers to correct defects through the Motor Vehicle Safety Act Notice of Defect provisions.
- Bus operator associations participate in regular National Public Safety Organizations consultation meetings with Transport Canada.
Passenger Protection in Buses Other Than School Buses
- Transport Canada continually reviews its own and other agencies' bus standards.
- The Department seeks to involve the many government, industry and user stakeholders in developing bus passenger safety regulatory policy.
- Transport Canada maintains, and supports provincial governments in maintaining, Canada/U.S. safety regulation harmony, particularly for buses that operate across borders.
- Officials represent Canada on the ECE committee on occupant restraints, which developed the referenced European bus passenger safety regulations.
- International standards are adopted where possible, when they meet safety needs and are consistent with Canadian regulatory policy.
School Bus Passenger Protection
- School buses are a Transport Canada priority for collision investigation. There are comprehensive reports on significant school bus crashes and summary reports at various intervals.
- Transport Canada reviews its dedicated school bus standards and those of other agencies, particularly the U.S. NHTSA which regulates comparable school bus operations.
- The Department participates on the long standing CSA D250 School Bus Committee which develops school bus standards and specifications that are adopted by many provinces.
- Transport Canada defect investigators and standards engineers examine every individual school bus safety question for possible solutions.
- School bus operator associations participate in regular National Public Safety Organizations consultation meetings with Transport Canada.
- Transport Canada produces, along with other governments and public interest groups, school bus public information programs.
- The Department participates with the U.S. in school bus passenger protection research and is planning involvement with the new program recently announced by NHTSA.
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