05/09/2013 09:52 EDT | Updated 07/09/2013 05:12 EDT

Manitoba government says no to riding in open back of a pickup truck

WINNIPEG - Just as the warmer weather might tempt some people to hitch a ride in the back of a pick-up truck, the Manitoba government has introduced legislation that would make those windy rides illegal.

An amendment to the Highway Traffic Act will restrict the number of passengers to the number of seatbelts in a vehicle.

It will also prohibit rides in a cargo area.

Currently, there is nothing in the act that prevents this so long as all seat belts are otherwise occupied.

In addition, Transportation Minister Steve Ashton says passengers in wheelchairs will need to be secured with a seatbelt.