TORONTO, Ont. — The Owner-Operators’ Business Association of Canada (OBAC) is asking the province to extend its public comment period on the Ontario Trucking Association’s speed limiter policy.
In a letter to Peter Hurst, director of the carrier safety and enforcement branch of the MTO, OBAC executive director Joanne Ritchie appealed to the department to extend the comment period beyond the initial end date of Dec. 23.
“That you should consider 10 working days in the pre-Christmas period adequate time to review and provide thoughtful commentary on such a significant issue can onjly be charitably described as unreasonable and I’m asking that MTO set a more appropriate window for comments if, indeed, it is genuinely interested in input from the driver and owner/operator community,” Ritchie said in the letter.
Meanwhile, Ritchie is urging truckers to continue to provide their input on the controversial policy even if the deadline for public comment has elapsed.
“I’m assuming that MTO staff will not be spending the Christmas period assessing this proposal,” Ritchie said in a newsletter for members. “Under the circumstances, if you are unable to give this issue your thoughtful consideration in the next couple of days, I think it would be acceptable to send your comments when you have the time to do so.”
Drivers and owner/operators are urged to let their voice be heard by contacting the MTO’s Dwain Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 905-704-2624. Background information about the policy is available online at www.ontruck.org/speedlimiters.
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