Government Works With Independent
Truckers To Improve Safety
Meeting Results In Practical Solutions
TORONTO, Dec. 21 /CNW/ -
The Ontario government is working on a number of practical
solutions to help the trucking industry become more
efficient and improve road safety, announced Transportation
Minister Harinder Takhar. "We had a very frank
and worthwhile discussion with truck drivers who know
first-hand the issues facing their industry," said
Takhar following a recent meeting with members of the
independent trucking industry.
Takhar met with approximately
85 members of the Professional Truck Operators and Drivers
Association of Ontario on Saturday, December 18. Concerns
raised included the overloading of commercial vehicles.
The ministry will work closely with members of the industry
and the shipping community to come up with practical
solutions to this issue.
In response to the Minister's
roundtable discussions with truckers, the ministry will
be reviewing certain aspects of roadside truck inspections.
The ministry will review its processes to ensure that
commercial vehicle drivers and motor carriers are not
prevented from making minor repairs to vehicle defects
at a Truck Inspection Station or at roadside.
MTO is also committed to
ensuring the consistent enforcement of truck inspection
protocols through a new Officer Code of Conduct.
The ministry is also considering
opportunities to improve public education so that drivers
of passenger cars can more safely share the road with
large trucks. "Improving knowledge testing for
both commercial and passenger vehicle drivers is something
we're looking at to further improve safety for all road
users," said Takhar.
The government is committed
to working closely with the independent trucking industry
and other industry groups as it launches a review of
the Ministry's Commercial Vehicle Operator's Registration
system in the new year.
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