Ontario initiates RoadCheck blitz

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TORONTO, Ont. — This year’s RoadCheck 2002, a three-day, international truck safety inspection blitz, is officially under way at 35 inspection sites across Ontario.

“Ontario’s truck safety laws are among the most stringent in North America,” says Transportation Minister Norm Sterling. “RoadCheck allows the ministry to gauge how well the trucking industry is complying with our strict safety laws.”

Ministry of Transportation (MTO) enforcement officers will be at 35 truck inspection stations examining more than 2,500 trucks and trailers for safety violations. Inspectors will examine mechanical condition of the vehicles, load stability, driver qualifications, pre-trip inspection reports, H-o-S logs and compliance with dangerous goods legislation.

“Ontario has one of the best road safety records in North America,” adds Sterling. “Through year-round enforcement initiatives, like RoadCheck, we’re continuing our efforts to improve roadway and truck safety across the province.”

Since 1995, the number of commercial vehicles taken out of service as a result of safety violations during the annual blitz has declined by 50 per cent.

According to the latest statistics, Ontario has the safest roads in Canada and the second safest roads in North America.

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