Prescott mayor wants HazMat shipments banned during storms

by Truck News

PRESCOTT, Ont. – Prescott Mayor Brett Todd wants trucks carrying hazardous materials to be banned from Hwy. 401 during storms, local media reports.

The call for a ban comes after a deadly crash earlier this month during a snowstorm.

“Why are there not regulations to keep this type of hazardous material off the road when the weather is bad?” the mayor asked at a council meeting this week, according to the Brockville Recorder.

Todd asked town staff to put together a report covering Ministry of Transportation regulations. He’s looking to gain the support of other municipalities along the corridor. Read the full story here.

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  • Define “bad” weather.
    That is a moving target that no one will ever hit, and no one will ever be satisfied with.
    Perhaps Mayor Todd should seek therapeutic attention to keep his knee from jerking, and quit wasting his taxpayer’s money.
    Let the MTO do their jobs. They’re pretty damn good at it. I am quite certain they don’t need the hue and cry of the uneducated cluttering up their time and pandering for media attention.

  • The mayor should think this through a little more. If he wants to ban TDG loads, Prescott will run out of gasoline, which is a dangerous goods load

  • Another politician that doesn’t realize what happens outside his office, and assumes every load on that section of the 401 just departed home terminal ten minutes prior. Weather the day of the last big wreck was just fine elsewhere on the 401, so at what point does the driver hit the panic button and stop at the first sign of cloud cover? This would require that there actually was sufficient truck parking. Let them park on the ramps, I guess. That’ll be a lot safer won’t it?

  • How about improving the infrastructure, snow clearing, and more truck parking. How about ending the constant tailgating by big trucks… oh the speed limiter law.