Popular church vans have propensity to roll, hundreds killed
Mark Smith, Director of Van Angels, was recently interviewed by the Orange County edition of the Christian Examiner newspaper. The article looks at the continued use of 15-passenger vans throughout Orange County, CA and the rest of the U.S. Mark recounts his personal story of the death of his daughter Malori in June 30, 2002, which led to the creation of the Van Angels website.
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Transport Canada is studying the safety of 15 passenger vans in the wake of the Bathurst, New Brunswick van crash in 2008, and a private members bill introduced in New Brunswick calling for a nationwide ban on the use of these vehicles for school trips, reports the Ontario School Bus Association.
The private member’s bill would make it an offence under the criminal code to transport students in vans with more than 10 and fewer than 17 seats. OSBA said Transport Canada was expected to report on its findings later this year.
New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Quebec no longer allow 15 passenger vans for transporting students on school trips. The NTSB says 1,100 people in the U.S. were killed in single-vehicle rollovers involving these vans between 1992 and 2002. Fifteen-passenger vans are said to be times more likely to roll over than any other vehicle.