Urgent action needs to be taken to address the climate and road safety crises
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Ban Big Pickups

Huge pickups with high front ends are dangerous especially to people walking, cycling, and rolling and a leading cause of the climate crisis. They are also dangerous to those in other passenger vehicles.

Due to their high front ends, pickups are more likely to hit people in the head and upper body injuring vital organs. They are especially dangerous to children:

Pickups and SUV are 4 times more likely to kill children 5 to 9 years old in crashes than passenger cars.

Prime Minister Trudeau, Minister Alghabra and Minister Wilkinson

Pickups and SUV are 4 times more likely to kill children 5 to 9 years old in crashes than passenger cars.

President Biden, Secretary Buttigieg and Administrator Regan

In spite of knowing for decades of these safety problems, the automakers refuse to take action. Instead, they just keep building larger, even more dangerous pickups. A study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that:

Pickups are 159% more likely to KILL other drivers in a crash. Pretty much unchanged from 1989-1992

Prime Minister Trudeau, Minister Alghabra and Minister Wilkinson

Pickups are 159% more likely to KILL other drivers in a crash. Pretty much unchanged from 1989-1992

President Biden, Secretary Buttigieg and Administrator Regan

While some do need pickup trucks for work, many don't. Those who do, could likely use trucks with lower, safer front ends like the automakers used to sell instead of the really big trucks being sold today.

The auto industry is failing to protect people's health and safety and the environment. As a result, folks around the world are demanding that governments take serious action including the banning of big pickups especially in communities where there are lots of people around. Time for Canada to take serious action on the climate and road fatality crisis by banning big dangerous pickups. 

Photo: Montreal police examine a pickup truck that fatally struck a pedestrian in January 2017. PHIL CARPENTER / Montreal Gazette 

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We call on the federal government to ban the sale of SUVs and large pickup trucks until and unless safety and environmentally problems are addressed. Specially, government regulations must mandate:

  1. safer lower front end designs and other measures eliminating the risk people of walking, cycling, rolling, or occupying other vehicles being killed or seriously injured
  2. significantly lighter vehicles decreasing manufacturing and operating GHG emissions enough to address the climate emergency; decreasing harmful tire and brake dust emissions; and enabling rapid fleet electrification 
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