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New law to prohibit unrestrained rides in pickup trucks

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Manitoba's NDP wants to extend to people a transportation-safety rule already required for dogs through a new bill introduced in the legislature today.

Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Steve Ashton said the province will prohibit the transportation of passengers in a vehicle's cargo area, such as the back of a pickup truck.

Ashton said there’s already a law on the books that forbids the transportation of a dog in the back of a pickup truck unless the animal is restrained.

Bill 42 would also require each passenger in a vehicle be restrained and that passengers in wheelchairs would also need to be secured with a seatbelt, Ashton said today.

"We want to ensure seatbelts are used properly to give passengers the best chance of surviving a collision," said Ashton. "Restraints are proven to be a life-saving part of vehicle safety designs."

The bill would also restrict the number of passengers to the number of seatbelts in a vehicle.

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