Ontario Trucking Association

OTA weighs in on proposed Thunder Bay truck ban

TORONTO, ON - The Ontario Trucking Association is asking Thunder Bay, Ontario to consider safety zones and photo radar rather than banning truck traffic on several routes. The comments made in a letter to Mayor Keith Hobbs and city council come as the municipality debates a ban on trucks using routes such as Dawson Road and Arthur Street. A proposed bylaw would require those bypassing Thunder Bay to use Highway 11/17 and 61. The debate has emerged on and off over a decade.

OTA to address Ontario Recovery Group

TORONTO, ON - The Ontario Recovery Group (ORG) has invited the Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) to attend an upcoming meeting of their board to discuss roadside recovery practices and procedures. The OTA's recent campaign to help carrier members in managing heavy-duty recovery rates has resulted in OTA members submitting over 70 invoices, totalling over $700,000 in billing, for the OTA to review. In addition, heavy-duty recovery rates have become of interest to enforcement officials, insurance brokers, and the heavy-duty tow recovery industry.

Drivers Handing Out Roses and Razzies to Shipping Facilities

TORONTO -- Two months since its launch, the Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) says its Operation Upgrade campaign is starting to reveal how shipping facilities need to do a better job of removing waste from the system and how drivers value preferred shippers who provide an environment free of harassment when picking up freight. OTA says it has gathered several takeaways since the initial launch of the survey campaign, which attempts to identify the strongest and weakest links in the supply chain by allowing drivers and carriers to assign scores to shippers and consignees based on treatment of truck drivers.