QUEBEC CITY, Que. - If you cross the line one time too many and are declared a road hazard in la Belle Province, and what worse if you're an O/O the whole world will know about it.The Commission des t...
QUEBEC CITY, Que. – If you cross the line one time too many and are declared a road hazard in la Belle Province, and what worse if you’re an O/O the whole world will know about it.
The Commission des transports du Quebec (CTQ) will revoke your right to drive and do business – for a varying amount of time – and air your dirty laundry on its Web site for everyone to see.
This is the latest step since the infamous Bill 430 became law in June 1998. Key features in Bill 430 were the mandatory registration of every O/O with the CTQ and the creation of a carrier profile that for the first time gave officials an organized way to track repeat violators and identify them as bad carriers.
Bill 430 has an evaluation rating mechanism that evaluates the behavior of owners and operators and spells out exactly how violations will be weighted. Poor performance in areas such as vehicle safety, involvement in accidents, carrier audits and certain critical incidents, such as a fatal accident, all count against you. Too many points and you can kiss your job goodbye until the CTQ is satisfied you are fit to return to the trade. On the CTQ Web site you can now find four continuously updated lists of O/Os who have fallen from grace. As of Sept. 28, 126 firms were on the first three lists and 28 on the fourth. Although harsh, irresponsible truckers will find it hard to work.