City truck bans treat truckers like second-class citizens
July 1, 2007
Tom AppaRao, director of transportation planning for the region of Peel should be commended for his outstanding road study recognizing truck importance and goods movements (March/April issue of Motort...
Tom AppaRao, director of transportation planning for the region of Peel should be commended for his outstanding road study recognizing truck importance and goods movements (March/April issue of Motortruck). Other government officials and politicians ignore these facts.
Recently, I strongly protested to Peel Region and Mississauga and Brampton for their political anti-truck witch hunt that handcuffs trucking with an over-abundance of truck road bans, especially on main and secondary roads and including night bans.
Peel Region with Mississauga and Brampton are the worst offenders for excessive, hypocritical truck road bans. Truck bans are discriminatory and treat truckers like second-class citizens. These bans have been ruled unconstitutional when challenged in court by truckers.
Too often governments become too powerful and arbitrary and abuse their powers. Trucking has been too silent on many unfair, political, hypocritical truck laws and bans by all government levels.
Unrecognized by many is trucking’s importance and trucks were on these roads first. Trucks are used to build and maintain roads and area housing. Residents should think before moving onto busy roads first not after.
Also being ignored is the greater number of car-caused complaints (i.e. car congestion, car street parking and speeding cars in residential roads.)
Truckers’ views, rights and facts need to be considered. Safety and roads are for all road users. Don’t unfairly single out trucking.
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